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Re: Napoleon: Dictator or Visionary?

Napoleon’s critics “cursed Napoleon’s unbounded ambition that willfully sacrificed a nation and its people. His ambition is still regularly invoked to explain his fabulous career and taint his revolutionary credentials. Ambition is a commodity never in short supply in public life and there is no way to differentiate the quality or quantity among its acolytes. Some are forgiven (even celebrated) and others are damned. Horatio Nelson and the Duke of Wellington were as ambitious as Napoleon, and as ruthless. One did not rise to the top of society, especially a commoner like Nelson, without ambition. Both became national heroes, their apotheosis still unchallenged, their ambition muted or absorbed into patriotic fervor.”
–David P. Jordan. Napoleon and the Revolution. Palgrave, 2012. p.2

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