Posted by Ken on April 21, 1998 at 08:24:13:
In response to Bony, written by John W on April 20, 1998 at 19:10:58
] the majority of informed people regarded him as a tyrant and a murderer--cf Enghien, Toussaint, the massacre at Acre. The revolutionary armies plundered Europe in the name of the Revolution, and Napoleon tried to rivet French hegemony by appointing his relations and colleaguesas hereditary rulers.
Well, "the majority of informed people" would have regarded any French leader as "a tyrant and a murderer", except whatever Bourbon remnant they could hoist onto the throne. And it is useful to remember that all of Europe declared war on the Revolution, not vice versa.
] His reign was one of bad faith and dishonesty, under a thin cover of systematic modernisation.
As were the efforts of his enemies. There was nothing "thin" about Napoleon's interest in renovating France, but the greatest reformer in the world would have had difficulty in the face of constant external threats.
]In fact, even in France, the centralising regime he instituted, completing the project of the absolute monarchs of the Ancien Regime, combined with the tendency of the French to follow the nearest mountebank on a white horse, has led to the disastrous history of France over the last century. Cultural achievemant is no substitute for a healthy civic society, and the endemic corruption of France keeps bursting out--the latest boil being Le Pen.
I'm sorry, I find this to be as insulting as it is mis-informed. Surely there is no place on this board for speculations of this nature?
- Je regrets de vous informer que.. Caroline 17:12:25 4/21/98 (2)
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