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Polemics on Napoleon: "A desire to lower genius is at work"


MAJOR INTERVIEW - Two centuries ago to the day, on May 5, 1821, Napoleon died on Saint Helena. Great historian of the Revolution and the Empire, Patrice Gueniffey recounts the gradual development of the Napoleonic legend. It depicts the genius of Napoleon and explains his great ...

Patrice Gueniffey

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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Source: lefigaro

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