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Napoleon Beginner
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I was reading Robert's Napoleon last night and something he said struck me as odd. He said that as time went on Napoleon identified more as French than as Corsican. He goes on to say however that when a subject praised Napoleon for his Frenchness despite being a foreigner N said the 'complement' wounded him. Roberts goes to some length to point out that Napoleon, like his father, was an opportunist and that he may have sided with the French because he saw which way the wind was blowing. Still, this doesn't detract from the fact that he fought in the Corsican National Guard or that he was absent from his regiment for very long stretches early in his career fighting for Corsica. My own sense, is that once Corsica became a department of France, he ceased to see Corsica in independent nationalistic terms but rather as an extension of the France of which he was ruler. I don't think he ever really lost his sense of Corsican nationalism. I think he just viewed the relationship differently as time went on. Given that he ended up ruling nearly all of Europe I don't think the distinction really mattered to him anymore.

I'd be curious to hear others thoughts on this...

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