Napoleon versus Toussaint

napoleon crossing the alps david

Odd, the way that some modern liberals and right wingers have come to mourn the fall of Napoleon and sympathise with those who saw him as a great bulwark against reaction. I’m not inclined to agree. Despite Byron, Hazlitt and Godwin’s quite sensible abhorrence of the post 1815 reaction the truth is that Napoleon himself was a ruthless despot. Yes, some of the advances of the Revolution survived through him but let’s not sympathise with an Emperor who sent many hundreds of thousands of soldiers to their doom – and caused the deaths of many more civilians. The fact that some … Continue reading