Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars

Examine the fascinating life and career of Napoleon Bonaparte, the French emperor and military commander whose political and cultural impact is still felt today.

The French military and political leader Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821) lived a life filled with such drama, passion and intrigue that he has remained a popular subject of biographers and historians to the present day. The details of his life are endlessly fascinating, including extraordinarily successful military victories, disastrous losses, escape from political exile, a passionate romance, arrogance and genius. In this course, historian Newell Boyd, Ph.D., examines Napoleon’s life and career including such highlights as the Ancien Régime and Revolution, the campaigns in Italy and Egypt, Napoleon’s domestic politics and his political and cultural legacy. Explore the life and times of the French emperor who is still considered one of the greatest military commanders of all time.

Image: Napoleon Bonaparte Crossing the Alps (1801), painting by Jacques-Louis David, oil on canvas


Section Instructor Format Schedule start date
GHUM2118.F18.1 Newell Boyd On-campus 2-3:30 p.m. Thursday, September 13, 2018

Instructor: Newell Boyd

Newell Boyd, Ph.D., is a semi-retired professor of history whose primary teaching field is Victorian Britain and the British Empire. He is also an instructor for the Master of Liberal Studies program at Rice University and has been published in a variety of books and scholarly journals in the field of British history. He has published two historical novels on the lives of Joseph Chamberlain and John Ruskin. Dr. Boyd holds a doctorate in history from Texas Tech University and has done post-doctoral research at the University of London, Birmingham University, the London School of Economics, Oxford University, the University of Manchester and the University of Edinburgh. He has been a fellow at the Institute of Historical Research at the University of London and is a member of England’s Society of Authors and the Royal Historical Society.

Term: Fall 2018

Start Date: Sept. 13, 2018

End Date: Nov. 01, 2018

Schedule: 2-3:30 p.m.

Length: Eight Thursdays

Location: Rice campus

Fee: $225

Early Registration: $215 if registering by Aug. 30

Rice Alumni: $203

CEUs: 1.2

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