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The Economy of Glory: From Ancien Regime France to the Fall of Napoleon

Robert Morrissey


This work traces the roots of the “economy of glory”– where glory and recognition function as recompense, as a kind of “moral money”– back to Antiquity and follows its ideological development in Old Regime France, its implementation under Napoleon, and its resonances in nineteenth-century French literature. Enlightenment thinkers come to see the political economy of glory as a powerful alternative to the liberal vision of a commercial economy based on the profit motive. Offering the promise of reconciling a whole series of contradictory values– virtue and interest, collective welfare and indiv ... More

Keywords: glory, honor, economy, politics, moral philosophy, Enlightenment, French Revolution, Napoleon, empire, French literature

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780226924588
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226924595.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Morrissey, author