NAPOLEON IN ITALY JUAN CARLOS CAMIGNANI, GILLES

HISTOIRE ET COLLECTION
Date de parution : 08/12/2015
ISBN : 9782352503231
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The most remarkable fact about napoleon's political career was that there was never any separation in his heart or mind between France and Italy. On the pediment of the Carrousel Arc de Triomphe, the French and Italian coats of arms are engra- ved at the saure height. The Emperor always wore the Order of the Iron Crown alongside his Legion of Honour until the end at Saint Helena. In this way the Emperor demonstrated how wrong Metternich had been in the famous statement - "Italy is nothing but a geogra- phical expression" - attributed to him.
A geographical expression it may have been in the eyes of the Austrians, but it was a cornerstone in the redrafting of Napoleonic Europe. Napoleon's des to Italy are still too often reduced to his lightning 1796 and 1800 campaigns. This love story, made up of happy moments but also resentment, continuel well beyond Marengo. The history of Napoleon and of Italy from 1805 to 1815 is above all that of an absence.
Napoleon only saw Italy again twice in ten years (from 19 Aprll to 8 July 1805, then from 21 November to 28 December 1807). And yet not a day vent by without two, there or four letters going by post or telegraph (îrom 1809 onwards) to Milan, Rome or Naples. This permanent place in the Emperor's thinking illustrated his desire to make Italy a model state "à la française". Italy was the sibling being nursed to grow up under a permanent, severe and vigilant gaze, but also one full of affection. 
  • ISBN : 9782352503231
  • Titre : NAPOLEON IN ITALY
  • Auteur : JUAN CARLOS CAMIGNANI, GILLES
  • Editeur : HISTOIRE ET COLLECTION
  • Nb Pages : 272


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