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French Week - “Napoleon Bonaparte and the Cult of Glory”


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“Napoleon Bonaparte and the Cult of Glory”Messina Image Square
Keynote address by Dr. David Bell, Princeton University
6 pm 4th Floor Program Room

About the Event:

The Department of Modern Languages and Literatures presents
Dr. David Bell, Princeton University, “Napoleon Bonaparte and the Cult of Glory”
November 9, 2015 at 6 PM in the AWSC 4th Floor Program Room

This event is part of Loyola’s National French Week 2015 program, this year focusing on Napoleon Bonaparte: “Complex Napoleon: The Emperor and His Legacy.” The keynote speaker is Professor David Bell of Princeton University, the foremost scholar on Napoleon in the United States.  His 50-minute presentation is entitled “Napoleon Bonaparte and the Cult of Glory” will examine Napoleon’s fine-tuned skill of self-promotion as well as his debts to the French Revolution for helping him develop as a leader.

Resources for Attendees

• David Bell’s website http://www.davidavrombell.com/
• Napoleon: A Concise Biography
•Napoleon on the History Channel

 Questions for Discussion and Reflection

• When you think of Napoleon Bonaparte, what comes to mind (images, adjectives, people, etc.)?
• In what ways did the French Revolution influence Napoleon’s identity and career?
• What were the positive and negative aspects of Napoleon’s career?
• How did Napoleon evaluate his own contributions to France?
• What moral questions are raised by Napoleon’s administrative changes in France?
• How did Napoleon’s maneuvers affect Europe as a whole, since so many countries were affected by his expansionist attempts?
• How has Napoleon’s reputation changed over the decades from what the speaker discussed?


Center for the Humanities, Education for Life, Student Activities, Messina. Department of History, Honors Program, Latin American and Latino Studies, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, Film Studies, Department of Fine Arts, International Programs, Department of Communication, Catholic Studies

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