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From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western Cultural Life, 1500 to the Present
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ART - ARCHITECTURE - CULTURE > 12. FROM DAWN... August 17 ~ August 23 - Part Three - Chapter XVIII and Chapter XIX (465 -518 ) Non-Spoiler

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This is the assignment starting August 17th through August 23rd.

August 17 – August 23 ~~Part III (From Faust, Part I, to “Nude Descending a Staircase No. 2”), The Work of Mind-and-Heart (465-489)
Also: Cross Section: The View From Paris Around 1830 (491-518)

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From Dawn to Decadence 500 Years of Western Cultural Life 1500 to the Present by Jacques Barzun

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Sarah | 67 comments Bentley,

How did you feel about Barzun's characterization of Napoleon sarting on page 483 with "It was the will to take heroic risks that settled the place of Napoleon in the imagination of artists and peoples ..and goes through p. 485?

Reading this part really piqued my interest in reading more on him. Of course, I know the basic outline of his life but only on a superficial level. Perhaps we could add a book on him to our future reading list. Does anyone have any suggestions?


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I think he seems to glorify all things French; but that is just MHO. I will look to see what books might be interesting regarding Napoleon.

Another observation...he seems to deglorify anything American. (smile)

Possibly others might have some suggestions; any suggestions regarding books on Napoleon that have been found to be worthwhile?

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Sarah, I came across this list which may be useful to you:

Here are some of the recommended books from that list:

The Campaigns of Napoleon by David G. Chandler

The Napoleonic Wars The Rise And Fall Of An Empire (Essential Histories Specials) by Todd Fisher

A Military History and Atlas of the Napoleonic Wars by Vincent J. Esposito

How Far From Austerlitz? Napoleon 1805-1815 by Alistair Horne

The Age of Napoleon (Modern Library Chronicles) by Alistair Horne


Napoleon A Political Life by Steven Englund

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