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Re: Napoleon and new nobility
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That's not incompatible.

New nobility was naturally staunch bonapartists.

But at the same time, it demonstrated that old order, where being of "ancienne extraction" was more important than competence, was a fallacy : how could one invoke his title, ancient or band new, when numerous others could get one by sheer merit ?
Thus, the pretend of aristocracy to be "naturally", "by blood" in charge of managing the society crumbled.

Louis XVIII tried a counter-trick: by distributing profusedly Legion of Honour, but Ordre de Saint-Louis only to the happy few, he tried to diminish the value of the Legion. But he could do nothing to restore the idea that a social group had the privilege to command the others.

So yes, Napoleon created a political group in his own interest. But at the same time according to new principles which were, for the time, "revolutionary".

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