Engineering an Empire

Napoleon: Steel Monster. For centuries after the fall of the Roman Empire, French kings struggled for control against the church and the aristocracy and for European dominance. Chaos and bloody warfare rampaged inside and outside the country but one thing drove the nation forward: its unquenchable thirst for glory. Then France stood on the precipice of utter disaster as the French Revolution devolved into a period of brutal repression known as the Reign of Terror. From the ashes emerged one of the greatest military strategists in history, Napoleon, whose desire for glory was just as great as that of the French monarchs he had replaced. Throughout this history, France built brilliantly innovative, widely influential masterpieces that have given the world some of its greatest feats of engineering. This film looks at some of the great engineering feats that France accomplished when the country was under Napoleon's control, such as the majestic Notre Dame de Paris, the Canal du Midi and the Eiffel Tower.

Episode 12 - Napoleon: Steel Monster

Related Links
Napoleon - wikipedia
Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) was a French military and political leader who rose to prominence during the latter stages of the French Revolution and its associated wars in Europe.
Empires: Napoleon
This is a four-part PBS documentary series narrated by David McCullough, chronicling Napoleon Bonaparte's life from his birth in Corsica to his final exile on Saint Helena.

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Episode 01 - Rome
Episode 02 - Egypt
Episode 03 - Greece
Episode 04 - Greece: Age of Alexander
Episode 05 - The Aztecs
Episode 06 - Carthage
Episode 07 - The Maya: Death Empire
Episode 08 - Russia
Episode 09 - Britain: Blood and Steel
Episode 10 - The Persians
Episode 11 - China
Episode 12 - Napoleon: Steel Monster
Episode 13 - The Byzantines
Episode 14 - Da Vinci's World