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Empires: Napoleon

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Empires - NapoleonFor nearly two decades he strode the world stage like a colossus - loved and despised, venerated and feared.

From his birth on the rugged island of Corsica to his final exile on the godforsaken island of St. Helena, Napoleon brings this extraordinary figure to life.

Napoleon bears passionate witness to a man whose charisma swayed an empire and sparked his exalted belief in his own destiny.

"The Summit of Greatness" recounts Napoleon's brilliant conquest of most of Europe, including a legendary victory at Austerlitz.

To sustain his rule, he must keep fighting, but invading Spain reaches too far.

"The End" describes Napoleon's downfall, including the invasion of Russia and his final battles. First exiled to Elba, he escapes to face final defeat at Waterloo.

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Macinson
Macinson
6 years ago

Napoleon is a hero to his people and a scourge to the rest of Europe. Hail Emperor Napoleon! R.I.P

Layla Phelps
Layla Phelps
12 years ago

I can't bear comparing Napoleon to Hitler or Stalin. That's like comparing icecream to onions.

Farid Allime
Farid Allime
13 years ago

A truely remarkable man of courage and determination, sadly his ego came to hunt him at the end.

Jimmy
Jimmy
13 years ago

In addition of Nietzsche's will to power: Napoleon wasn't restricted by his reason (if he was living according his reason he would accept his live as a outcast Corsican). He had the will to power i.e. he was determine to create his own faith.

"the revolution is over, I am the revolution".

Jimmy
Jimmy
13 years ago

I couldn't help but feeling sympathy and respect for him.But there was something ambivalent about it. How come we all have sort of respect for Napoleon but we all resent Hitler and Stalin? The fact is that because of Napoleon's determination 3.000.000 men died. I found an answer in Nietzsche. He said that a superman (that is how he saw Napoleon) must have two main virtues: a man must be noble and assertive (full of will). No doubt Napoleon had the will to power. He was born as an underdog in Corsica en became an emperor. besides he was also a noble man. He fought his battles while he was outnumbered and his purpose was not to decimate men but he wanted power (that people died opposing that will to power was somehow a side effect). Otherwise Hitler was also a man of will but he wasn't a noble man. He hadn't the virtue of being a straight man. He was a manipulator who decimate millions of jews not by a man to man combat but by cowardly kill them without letting them a chance. Anyone else about this topic?

ckell
ckell
13 years ago

Some claim Napoleon to be one of the anti-christ's in history. This documentary rightfully shows Napoleon as a French hero.

gervince
gervince
13 years ago

what is the name of the music played when napoleon was being crowned?

Bad_conduct
Bad_conduct
13 years ago

It said he was 5'2", but I heard he was between 5'6.5" - 5'7"

Darshan
Darshan
13 years ago

really nice, got to know a lot about napoleon, keep up the good work.

SimonTheSorcerer
SimonTheSorcerer
13 years ago

In episode 3 31:35 when Napoleon says " I come to realize, that men are not born to be free. Liberty is a need felt by a small class of people, whom nature has endoved with nobler minds. " I could not agree more. Vote for Napoleon for Emperor! :)

Simon
Simon
13 years ago

Great documentary! Thanks!

Enzo
Enzo
13 years ago

Always been fascinated by this man and this historical period. Great documentary

Emily
Emily
13 years ago

Hey Vlatko, just wanted to say thanks for helping me out immensely with the Napoleon Bonaparte project I've been assigned this summer! I'm so glad there's a site out there that makes it so simple to find great documentaries. I have to say, even though this wasn't my first choice of how I wanted to spend my summer, these four documentaries on Napoleon are very interesting and informative, and I will be sure to revisit them while I'm doing the rest of my project. Thanks again!

JDA
JDA
13 years ago

Just discovering this website, I believe it to be the most diverse and complete that I have seen. I was unaware of the early life of Bonaparte and his rise from near poverty and his disdain of France in his youth. Very compelling, and I look forward to more!

Lacedaemeon
Lacedaemeon
13 years ago

Thought I should add my own kudus; this is a great website, and one of my web favorites!! Love the history documentaries big time!!

Druidia
Druidia
14 years ago

I didn't know the relationship between the revolution and Napoleon until this doc. Fascinating synchronicity between the man and historical events. Excellent story, thanks!

Kim
Kim
14 years ago

I had no idea Napoleon was such a complicated man. Very interesting documentary. The whole Empires series is awesome, hopefully it's still in production.

haizenberk
haizenberk
14 years ago

Thank you very much Vlatko! Absolutely the best site on the internet.

don
don
14 years ago

There are really 4 parts.

Woody
Woody
14 years ago

Where can i see parts 2 and 3 “The Summit of Greatness” and “The End”

paula
paula
14 years ago

Sounds like a great idea. Keep up the good work!

paula
paula
14 years ago

Hey Vlatko, I love your website- it is my favourite thing on the internet! I was just wondering if you could keep your eye open for documentaries concerning Roman History and the Middle Ages- I have yet to find any good documentaries on the subject. Thanks for all your hard work. Paula