Napoleon Series Archive 2015

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"Andrew Roberts was on fine form in the first of his BBc2 shows about Napoleon this week. The historian has a rare gift for saying startlingly provocative things without dropping a bar of his charm. My favourite line in the film concerned napoleon's habit of looting the cities he conquered - relieving Milan, for example, of its Titians and Rembrandts, which were packed off to the Louvre. War always involves looting, argued Roberts, adding that the British Museum would be empty if this were not so. "Napoleon's critics", he purred, "need to get over themselves". Historical TV par excellence." Evening Standard, Friday 12th June. Now, I do not have my notes with me from the first episode of the series. To paraphrase, Roberts reports that Napoleon was told to extract these contribution and loot these treasures by the Directory. Additionally, I seem to recall the amount of 20 million livres being exacted - probably as some form of extraordinary contribution from one city or other - either Milan or Mantua. Roberts' regales Napoleon's ability to infuse a "togetherness", for want of a better word, between himself and his troops - throughout a siege lasting eight months or so, and all the ensuing privations, and which were nothing compared to that of the innocent inhabitants of Mantua. The prize was Mantua, the prize was Italy - the prize for the ordinary French soldier was getting paid and some loot "to boot". It would appear that it was in Italy that the French armies, whether commanded by Napoleon, Massena, Davout - or whomever - that "exporting the Revolution", a way of taking the fight to the enemy to protect French territorial integrity I admit - was a very effective way of protecting French citizens from foreign incursions and of paying for the army. Best A

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I always wonder about those "..." thingies, eh.
and the ... "sincerely M" conundrum
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Spot On.
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Critique of Mr. Andrew Roberts (part 1)
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