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Thierry Lentz and the bicentenary of Napoleon's death: "For once, historians have won"

2021-12-01T20:06:16.262Z

TRIBUNE - Because it met the expectations of the great mass of French people, the commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Emperor's death in 1821 was very successful. This time, the militants who anachronistically scold the winner of Austerlitz did not win ...



Thierry Lentz is director of the Fondation Napoléon and associate professor at the Catholic Institute for Higher Studies (Ices) in La Roche-sur-Yon.

He is also the author of numerous notable works.

He recently published, with Fanny Farieux, “Napoléon.

The unexpected biography ”(Éditions Passés Composites, November 2021, 192 p., € 23).

Napoleon's bicentenary has indeed taken place.

It was even a notable success.

It ends these days, around the anniversary of the Coronation and Austerlitz.

The results are impressive: 500 events listed by the Fondation Napoléon, from modest ceremonies, reconstructions or local conferences to prestigious Parisian exhibitions including that of La Villette and its probable 250,000 visitors by December 24;

between 100,000 and 130,000 copies sold of the 70 books published since January 1 on this subject;

some twenty special issues of magazines, historical or not, which publishers tell us have had great success;

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Source: lefigaro

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