A Tale of Two Cities: Aachen and Cologne in Napoleonic Europe

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Recent work on the Napoleonic Empire has been informed by the concept of 'inner' and 'outer' zones developed by Michael Broers. According to this model, the German-speaking Rhineland was part of the 'inner' zone, an area characterised by its essential adherence to the Empire. This chapter engages with this concept through an examination Aachen and Cologne, and concludes that very conflicting responses to the Napoleonic Empire characterised the experience of these tywo Rhenish cities.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Napoleonic Empire and the New European Political Culture
Place of PublicationBasingstoke and New York
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)978-0230241312
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2012


  • Napoleon; Cologne; Aachen; Nationalism; Empire; State-Building; France; Germany


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