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The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon: Toward a Political History of Madness

Laure Murat


The Man Who Thought He Was Napoleon explores for the first time, in archives and unpublished materials, the relationship between history and madness, ideology and pathology. “Ambitious monomania,” “revolutionary neuroses,” “democratic disease” are names of just some of the many “diseases” related to political convictions that French physicians discovered from 1789 to 1871. How can one read today this epistemological construction? Is history legible through registers of lunatic asylums and how? By investigating nineteenth-century medical cases and doctors’ observations, this book attempts to un ... More

Keywords: nineteenth-century France, Étienne Esquirol, history of psychiatry, lunatic asylums, monomania, madness, Napoleon, Philippe Pinel, revolutions

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780226025735
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2015 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226025872.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laure Murat, author