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Personal logo SHaT1984 Supporting Member of TMP02 Apr 2021 5:47 p.m. PST

Found this but not on TMP, so heres a socio-political dissertation with little military content. []
I'd always wondered why N. hurried through this event, even as he was contemplating machinations in Vienna and elsewhere.

Napoleon's Italian Coronation, 26 May 1805
An article on:
Ornamentalism in a European Context? Napoleon's Italian Coronation, 26 May 1805. Caiani, Ambrogio A. (2017). Pub English Historical Review, 132 (554). pp. 41-72. ISSN 0013-8266. E-ISSN 1477-4534. (doi:10.1093/ehr/cex067) (KAR id:56890)
Napoleon's Italian Coronation has been neglected, or at best consigned to a footnote, by historical scholarship. The ceremony elicited immense expenditure and involved thousands of participants, but its true importance lay in the elusive, and somewhat confused, semiotic claims put forward by its organisers. The manner in which the events of May 1805 were choreographed reveal much about how French Imperialists viewed their nascent Empire and their relationship with their Northern Italian citizen-subjects. The argument put forward here is inspired by the concept of Ďornamentalism.' While the realities of imperial brutality, cultural chauvinism and economic exploitation over conquered territories cannot be brushed under the carpet, the reverse side of this coin is also worthy of further investigation. Nowhere more than in the satellite Kingdom of Italy did Napoleon seek to promote collaboration and local investment in his supranational Empire. He rewarded, honoured and rallied his Lombard and Emilian officials to endow them with a sense that they belonged to, and benefited from membership, of the wider imperial community. The Coronation in Milan, on 26 May 1805, was an essential experiment in the creation of new hierarchies and elite affinities. It left a mixed, though significant, legacy which was continued, to a certain extent, by Napoleon's Habsburg successors well into the first half of the nineteenth century.
Satisfied my curiosity*. Only 300k, a good read/ diversion.

*Disclaimer [required military content]- of course he formed the Garde Roiale for the purpose as much as anything else, hence their good costume!

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