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Re: Review-The Economy of Glory

Susan,

thanks for the reply.

As I stated in my e-mail, why was only Napoleon criticized for celebrating military glory, when others, as bellicist as him, were not ?

The problem with Napoleon was not his bellicism but his coup, and lack of high-nobility ascent. A "legitimate" conqueror (Charles XII, Peter II, Frederic II, Georges III, Catherine II) or general (Clive, Souvorov, Wellesley in India, Radetszki against Hungary and Italy), did not receive this criticism.

And the praise of Louis XVIII for not wanting any war is so singular in french History (or world history ?) that it is best explained by the will to single out Napoleon as the only warmonger in Europe.

The work of E.Sokolov for example is quite interesting about the bellicism of Alexandre II, before any diplomatic or economic issue existed with Napoleon. And Royal Navy had his row of "preemptive" wars.

Kind regards,

Jean

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