The catalysts, major events, and consequences of one of history's bloodiest revolutions are presented in a thrilling and academically rigorous way in this guide to the French Revolution. The stories of this historic episode's key players are narrated, including the tales of such well-known characters as Marie Antoinette and Napoleon Bonaparte. There is a thorough treatment of France's economy, government, and social life both before, during the various phases of, and after the Revolution. Napoleon's post-Revolutionary European conquests and subsequent downfall and exile are also narrated in this title sure to captivate all readers.
The Louisiana Purchase stands out in American history for a number of reasons. It was the largest acquisition of land in United States' history. It was also the first time a president obtained new territory by purchase. But, perhaps most important, it fueled the American drive for westward expansion-a powerful force in U.S. culture and politics for the remainder of the 19th century. This authoritative title presents that history in depth, contextualizing the Louisiana Purchase and examining how it affected the early development of America, bringing this episode of American history to life for a new generation of readers.