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Bonaparte, Membre de l'Institut

by G. Lacour-Gayet

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I've come to judge all history books of the revolutionary/Bonaparte era by their coverage of Volney and his influence during that period. If he's mentioned at all, it's typically just as a name ("Volney") among a list of other names. This is a fatal flaw made by most French historians, Jean Gaulmier excepted.

I don't mean to imply that Volney was "everything" to the Revolution and Bonaparte. But he wasn't "nothing" either, and his seeming exclusion from the historical record smacks of "the memory hole" from Orwell's 1984.

In the case of this book, Volney is not even mentioned, a particularly egregious ommission given his prominence both as a friend to Bonaparte (in this era) and as a high-profile member of the Institute.
  ThomasCWilliams | May 24, 2009 |
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