Join former French Minister of Foreign Affairs Hubert Védrine and historian and philosopher Theodore Zeldin for an exceptional discussion on Napoleon.
Since he was defeated in Waterloo by the Duke of Wellington, and then exiled on the island of Saint Helena, where he died as a British prisoner, Napoleon has been the object of great interest, not to say fascination, on the part of historians from both sides of the Channel.
On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of his death, let us compare French and British views on the one of whom Churchill said that “he may have been a military tyrant, a conqueror, a man of order and discipline, a man of mundane ambitions and overwhelming egotism, but his grandeur defied misfortune and rises superior even to time.”
Onsite: Laura O’Brien
Online: Hubert Védrine, Theodore Zeldin
This discussion in English and French is chaired by Laura O’Brien (Northumbria University).
14 June 6pm
Onsite: Sold out
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About our guests
Hubert Védrine is the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the François Mitterrand Institute and Vice-President of the board of the French Institute for International and Strategic Affairs. His latest book is entitled Dictionnaire amoureux de géopolitique (Plon, 2021).
Theodore Zeldin is an Emeritus Fellow and former Dean of St Antony’s College (University of Oxford) and Professeur honoris causa at HEC Paris.
Laura O’Brien is Senior Lecturer in modern European history at Northumbria University (Newcastle-upon-Tyne). She is currently working on a book about theatrical and cinematic performances of Napoleon in France across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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