Napoleonic Art: Nationalism and the Spirit of Rebellion in France, 1815-1848

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Scholars have long debated the mysterious popularity of the Napoleonic Legend, from the emperor's final defeat in 1815 to the astounding electoral victory of his nephew, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, in the presidential elections of 1848. In this book, the author demonstrates how broadsheet illustrations about Napoleon Bonaparte helped shape popular support in regional France for the "new" Bonaparte elected in 1848. Nicholas Pellerin, an avowed republican, and Pierre-Germain Vadet, a veteran of the Imperial wars and ...
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Overview

Scholars have long debated the mysterious popularity of the Napoleonic Legend, from the emperor's final defeat in 1815 to the astounding electoral victory of his nephew, Louis-Napoleon Bonaparte, in the presidential elections of 1848. In this book, the author demonstrates how broadsheet illustrations about Napoleon Bonaparte helped shape popular support in regional France for the "new" Bonaparte elected in 1848. Nicholas Pellerin, an avowed republican, and Pierre-Germain Vadet, a veteran of the Imperial wars and staunch bonapartist, promoted representations of Napoleon to criticize and undermine the political status quo. The author reveals how the Pellerin broadsheets about Napoleon sustained anti-Bourbon, anti-Orleanist sentiments during the several decades preceding the revolution of 1848.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874136159
  • Publisher: University of Delaware Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/1998
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 8.68 (w) x 11.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 9
Introduction 13
Prologue: Representing the Legend 17
1 Political Dissent and the Napoleonic Legend 21
2 The Pellerin Firm and Political Censorship 36
3 Creating the Popular Image 48
4 St. Napoleon 84
5 Orleanist Co-optation and Bonapartist Broadsides 111
Epilogue 136
Notes 145
Select Bibliography 164
Index 171
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