The Decline and Fall of a French Emperor -- "Napoleon: The End of Glory"

Nov 21, 2014

On this installment of ST, we've got a show for all the history buffs out there. Our guest is author and scholar Munro Price, the Professor of Modern European History at Bradford University in the UK. His newest book, which he discusses with us by phone, is "Napoleon: The End of Glory" (Oxford U. Press). It's a detailed yet accessible account of the final years of Napoleon's life, including the Battle of Nations, the Hundred Days, and of course Waterloo. The years 1813 and 1814 are focused on in particular, when Napoleon gambled with and finally lost his empire -- as well as his control over France itself. Professor Price draws on previously unused archival material from across Europe to shed new light on not only Napoleon, but also on Metternich and other key players of this pivotal moment in European history. As was noted by a critic for Booklist: "Enlivened by pithy character sketches, Price's work trenchantly interprets an important historical issue."