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Excerpt from Fouche: The Man Napoleon FearedThe name of Joseph Fouche is intimately and inextricably connected with the important period of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. Just as his career is impressed throughout by the great eventsMoreExcerpt from Fouche: The Man Napoleon FearedThe name of Joseph Fouche is intimately and inextricably connected with the important period of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic era. Just as his career is impressed throughout by the great events of the time, so it bears, to a very great degree, plain marks of his own will. For Fouche has not only, like many others, filled important posts during the heroic age of the Republic in the stern Reign of Terror, through the Directoire with its plots and intrigues, the Consulate regime of inner equilibrium and outward brilliance, the Empires formal splendour, the errors and defeat of the hundred days, and lastly the desperate Government of the second Restoration-a record which is in itself no slight proof of political adaptability-but he was also one of those who exercised influence and power in the mighty movements of this long and ever-changing drama.It is true that Fouche but seldom crosses the stage in the full glare of the footlights. But if we fix our attention on the decisive turning-points in the course of events, we discover him at last, much as we see the details appear on the dark background of a negative in process of development. For in the background appears little by little a tall, thin, angular figure, an impenetrable face, pale as death, with eyes that avoid our glance. We meet him behind the scenes in the Convention Hall when the sands of Robespierres dictatorship are running low.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.