Cicero and Aristotle: Cultural Imperialism and the Napoleonic Geography of Empire

  • Michael Broers
Part of the War, Culture and Society, 1750–1850 book series


The character of the Napoleonic Empire is marked by the heterogeneous nature of the many areas it came to rule over, the great variation in the lengths of time it occupied different parts of the territory under its sway, and finally, the relentlessly uniform, uncompromising manner in which it sought to rule its empire. It might be correct to call the Napoleonic Empire more Roman than Rome itself. This chapter seeks to examine the impact of this unyieldingly standardized approach to administration on the shape of the Empire, dividing it into those regions which, more or less, responded well to the Napoleonic system of government, and those which did not, and then to deduce a logic from this pattern, and explore what sort of imperialist ideology may have underlain French attitudes to the varied regions under their rule.


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