Commemorating Napoleon

Commemorating Napoleon

Written by Ian Cross, edited by Kaz Bosali

The 5th of May this year will mark the 200th anniversary of Napoleon’s death on the isolated island of St Helena where he had been exiled after his defeat by the Duke of Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo.

Although Napoleon remains a divisive figure, plans are underway in France to commemorate the milestone.

Much of the urban footprint of modern Paris, including thoroughfares and monuments such as the Arc de Triomphe, was the work of Napoleon. He also established the Banque de France and the civil and legal “Code Napoleon” which is still in use in France today.

But Napoleon also sewed chaos and carnage throughout Europe caused by expansionist wars.

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