Die Sichtbarkeit der Macht: Symbolische Repraesentation von Herrschaft im napoleonischen Kaiserreich.

Translated title of the contribution: Making Power Visible: Symbolic Representation of Government in Napoleon's Empire

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Abstract

The period 1789 to 1815 was characterised by revolution and regime change. New states emerged, but these lacked the legitimacy accorded by history. Traditional ceremonial had been undermined by the Enlightenment, and rejected by the French Revolution of 1789. However, the challenges of forging new states in the subsequent period forced the development of new representational strategies, and no more so than in Napoleon's empire. This articles analyses the Napoleonic strategy that was developed. It concludes that the strategy cannot be reduced to a 'top-down' imposition, but that in practice it provided a means through which otherwise marginalised groups could assert their identity and status.
Translated title of the contributionMaking Power Visible: Symbolic Representation of Government in Napoleon's Empire
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)358-389
Number of pages32
JournalHISTORISCHE ZEITSCHRIFT
Volume295
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012

Keywords

  • Napoleon; French Revolution; State Building; Nationalism

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