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The Economy of GloryFrom Ancien Regime France to the Fall of Napoleon$
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Robert Morrissey

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780226924588

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: May 2014

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226924595.001.0001

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An Economy of Glory

An Economy of Glory

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The Economy of Glory

Robert Morrissey

University of Chicago Press

Barrère’s call to “revolutionize glory” is emblematic of glory’s appeal to republican thinkers and political figures. The economy of glory offered the promise of reconciling personal ambition and submission to the collective cause, distinction and equality, reason and imagination. Based in sentiment, it offered an alternative to the rationalist abstraction of the general will. It was so central to Napoleon’s politics of fusion– that is, of national reconciliation– because it allowed for the melding of immemorial ideals of the French monarchy and aristocracy with Enlightenment and republican values. This chapter examines how, very early on, in a moment of triumph– the Marengo Moment– First Consul Bonaparte took the first steps toward implementing an economy of glory.

Keywords:   ambition, self-abnegation, distinction, equality, reason, imagination, sentiment, Battle of Marengo

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