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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP21 Jun 2013 10:00 p.m. PST

Interesting.

"Paradoxical as it may seem, the power-hungry Napoleon was apparently more intelligible for the Russian military than their own Emperor, Alexander I, with his abstract aspiration for "general welfare". According to partisan poet Denis Davydov, whom we have mentioned a great many times in our programs, the words "I love everybody" implied nothing but "I don't love anyone" in sober fact. Following the entry of Russian troops into Paris in March 1814, bitterness started changing into an increasingly obvious liking of the vanquished enemy.


Officer of the Life Guard Semenovsky Regiment Ivan Kazakov, who was devotedly admiring Emperor Alexander I, recollected the following: "I was a worshipper of Napoleon I, his intellect and all-embracing abilities, whereas France betrayed him, forgetting about all his acts of grace: that he destroyed anarchy, revived the nation and glorified it with his marvelous victories and administration restructuring. He reasonably deserved the title Le Grand Napoleon!"

During the Hundred Days, many Russian officers already…"
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Hope you enjoy!.

Amicalement
Armand

DOUGKL22 Jun 2013 8:04 a.m. PST

As usual an interesting link. Thanks.

Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2013 10:52 a.m. PST

Glad you had enjoy it my friend!. (smile).

Amicalement
Armand

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