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Napoleon: Statesman or Modern Hero?

Napoleon Bonaparte
Date and Time: 
Thursday, February 26, 2015. 05:00 PM - 06:30 PM
Meeting Location: 
Stanford Humanities Center, Board Room
Workshop: 
Seminar on the Enlightenment and Revolution, 1660-1830
Meeting Description: 

Professor Patrice Gueniffey will evaluate Napoleon's achievement in positioning himself within French domestic politics using the historically contingent tropes of "statesman" and "modern hero" to determine how he positioned himself at the head of the state with such success.

About the speaker:

Patrice Gueniffžey is the leading French historian of the Revolutionary and Napoleonic age. His biography of Napoleon, Bonaparte , was hailed as a masterwork on its publication in France, and is forthcoming in English from Harvard University Press in April. It takes up the epic narrative at the heart of this turbulent period: the life of Napoleon himself, the man who—in Madame de Staël’s words—made the rest of “the human race anonymous.” Gueniffžey follows Bonaparte from his obscure boyhood in Corsica, to his meteoric rise during the Italian and Egyptian campaigns of the Revolutionary wars, to his proclamation as Consul for Life in 1802. Bonaparte is the story of how Napoleon became Napoleon.

 

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