Liberator, Peacemaker or Oppressor? Napoleon and Italy
For over a decade and a half, Napoleon was a constant presence in the lives of Italians. His stunning victories in Italy between 1796 and 1798 first made him famous, while the foundations of his empire were laid first in Italy, which remained its core to the end. As in the rest of Europe, Napoleon was portrayed both as a liberator and peacemaker and as an oppressor, contradictory images that have much to say about how Italians were rethinking their own identities in these years.
A lecture by Professor John A. Davis (University of Connecticut) at The British Academy, 10 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AH