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2018 Week 3 Course 8




Napoleon: The First Modern Man

 

Chris Danziger

 

Week 3

15 - 21 July 2018

Napoleon seemed a clean break from the repressive world of hereditary monarchies and feudal privilege. His modernity lay deeper than that, in his understanding of popular opinion and the uses of the media. His combination of civic and military virtue was so rare that he was as much admired outside his own country as within it. But he illustrates the axiom that all power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. In time he lost his sense of proportion. He united the nations of Europe against him and was ultimately defeated in battle and died in humiliating exile. However, in exile he began, and his followers completed, a heroic reinterpretation of his life which has largely been accepted by posterity today.




 

 

 

 


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