An Economy of Glory

Robert Morrissey

in The Economy of Glory

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2013 | ISBN: 9780226924588
Published online May 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780226924595 | DOI:
An Economy of Glory

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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

Chapter.  9919 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Modern History (1700 to 1945)

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