Engineering An Empire

Season 1 Episode 12

Napoleon: Steel Monster

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Aired Monday 9:00 PM Dec 18, 2006 on The History Channel
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Centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, French kings struggled for control against the church and the aristocracy. Chaos and bloody warfare rampaged and France stood on the edge of utter disaster as the French Revolution turned into a period of brutal repression. From the ashes emerged one of the greatest military strategists in history, Napoleon. Throughout his reign, France built brilliantly innovative, widely influential masterpieces that have given the world some of its greatest feats of engineering.moreless

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      • Narrator: France, a nation destined by excellence and empire to create some of the greatest feats of engineering the world has ever seen. France was led by rulers who compared themselves to gods and to wage bloody warfare across the continent. Their quest for perfection drove this nation to build on an unimaginable scale. But their wretched extravagance led to revolution, bringing the empire to the brink of ruin. From the chaos emerged a conquer for the ages. His single minded goal: Empire on the scale of Rome.

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      • Commentators:

        Michael Davis
        Mount Holyoke College

        David Edwards-May
        Euromapping Publishers

        Steven Englund
        The American University of Paris

        Nicolas Faucherre
        University of Nantes

        Miriam Levin
        Case-Western Reserve University

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