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The Life of Napoleon I.
John Holland Rose (1855–1942)
 
Napoleon I., The Life of, ‘Including new material from the British Official Records,’ by J. Holland Rose, was published in 1902. This is one of the first English books in which Napoleon is treated with due appreciation and at the same time judicially. Napoleon’s military genius and his great achievements as a statesman receive adequate recognition though without hero-worship. A study of the documents in the British War, Admiralty and Foreign Offices has enabled the author to contribute materially to our knowledge of Napoleon’s policy and of British diplomacy. In particular he reveals the complicity of the British government in a plot against Napoleon’s life in 1803–1804. The work is a singularly well-proportioned presentation of the essential facts of Napoleon’s career, embodying and clearly expressing the results of many minute and particular investigations. The military campaigns are clearly set forth, the political events skilfully untangled, and the significance of Napoleon’s character and career keenly estimated. The author has achieved historical impartiality in a field particularly difficult for an Englishman, even a century after Napoleon’s defeat.  1
 
 
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