is the author of a monumental biography of Bonaparte (Gallimard, 2013) awarded the grand prix for historical biography, and of the remarkable
Le 18 Brumaire
in the prestigious collection “The days that made France” (Gallimard, 2008).
In this interview, he recounts the progressive rise of the Napoleonic legend and depicts the genius of Napoleon by explaining his great choices.
Without avoiding any controversy, the director of studies at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales presents the results of the Consulate and the Empire and Napoleon's legacy for France.
- How was the news of Napoleon's death on May 5, 1821 received in France?
It was not a thunderclap, rather a rather secondary fact in the context of the time.
Napoleon retained the faithful, but for the French in 1821, the Emperor was already a bit of a thing of the past.
The news was dominated by other subjects.
Since the assassination
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