Documentary about the rise and fall of one of the greatest military geniuses of modern times from his Corsican childhood to final exile in St. Helena.
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David McCullough ...  Self - Narrator 4 episodes, 2000
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Born in 1769 to a poor but aristocratic Corsican patriot family, 6 year old Napolon Bonaparte is enrolled in a French academy, where his military career begins. His capabilities are amply demonstrated with a series of dazzling victories in Revolutionary France's Italian campaign. He becomes obsessed with and marries Josephine, a widow, and begins a meteoric rise to power. He gradually compromises his egalitarian ideals and crowns himself emperor in 1804. After he establishes himself as master of Europe with victories in battles like Austerlitz and diplomatic alliances, he embarks on a series of decisions that mark his decline and fall: an ill-advised occupation of Spain, his divorce of Josephine and marriage into the Hapsburg family, and his disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812. After a failed attempt to return to power culminating in final defeat at Waterloo in 1815, he spends his remaining years defining his legacy with his memoirs. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Battle scenes were shot in France with military re-enactors from 10 European countries. See more »

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from "Messe du Sacre de Napoleon"
Written by Jean-Francois Le Sueur
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Chronicling The Rise & Fall Of A Fanatical War-Monger

Even though famed French emperor, Napoleon Bonaparte (at 170 cm. in height) was rather short in physical stature - He certainly made up for what he lacked in overall height by becoming one of the most ruthlessly dominating military leaders in all of European history.

Presented by the PBS Network - This 240-minute bio-documentary (in 4 chapters) not only looks at 2 of Napoleon's greatest military conquests of all - But, it also offers its informed theories (through the opinions of historians) regarding the mystery of Napoleon's death in 1821 (at the age of 53).


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2000 (USA) See more »

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Empires: Napoleon See more »

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France

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