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Napoleon's Military & Political Rise to Power

  • Virginia Museum of Fine Art, Cheek Theater 200 N Boulevard Richmond, VA 23220 (map)

With Dr. Rafe Blaufarb, Director and Ben Weider Eminent Scholar in Napoleonic Studies, Department of History, Florida State University

From obscure origins, Napoleon Bonaparte rose rapidly through the ranks of the army during the first years of the Revolution, becoming a general by the age of 25. This talk examines Napoleon's early military career to challenge the myth that his dramatic rise epitomizes the revolutionary principle of “careers open to talent.”

$8 (VMFA members $5)