Save up to 14% on the price of your tickets! It's easy... Become a member today! If you are already a member, log in to get your member rate. Napoleon’s Complicated Legacy Evening Program on Zoom Thursday, July 29, 2021 - 6:30 p.m. ET Code: 1M2140 Tickets Login $30 - Member 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 $35 - Non-Member Resize text remove add The Emperor Napoleon in His Study at the Tuileries (detail) by Jacques-Louis David PROGRAM DESCRIPTION Few figures in history excite as passionately held and often-conflicting visions as Napoleon. Some extoll him as a genius and the spirit of revolution incarnate, others denounce him as megalomaniac monster and compulsive warmonger. His personality is crucial to understanding the turbulent years that shaped the world at the start of the 19th century. Napoleon was a consummate reader whose prodigious memory, analytical mind, and ability to select relevant details made him a highly effective administrator. One of the greatest military minds, he was a stirring visionary and the scale of his ambitions continues to capture people’s imagination. But his other traits are distinctly unpleasant to consider. He was a climber and double-dealer who exploited others for his own gain. He was egotistical and prone to nepotism, richly rewarding his relatives even when confronted with their continued incompetence. His demands for efficiency often blurred lines between lawfulness and criminality and he cynically exploited human weaknesses whenever the occasion arose. He was not the “Corsican Ogre” that he is often made out to be, but neither was he the romantic figure of the Napoleonic legend. His many talents are incontestable, but within that genius lurk many flaws. Whether he’s admired as a superb military leader or condemned as the precursor of latter-day dictators, Napoleon was a self-made man who dominated his age like no other, a fact that even his diehard enemies grudgingly admitted. Historian Alexander Mikaberidze of Louisiana State University in Shreveport discusses the many facets of Napoleon the man and his enormous influence on Europe and many parts of the world. He has written and edited numerous books on the Napoleonic Wars. PATRON INFORMATION If you register multiple individuals, you will be asked to supply individual names and email addresses so they can receive a Zoom link email. Please note that if there is a change in program schedule or a cancellation, we will notify you via email, and it will be your responsibility to notify other registrants in your group. Unless otherwise noted, registration for streaming programs typically closes two hours prior to the start time on the date of the program. Once registered, patrons should receive an automatic email confirmation from CustomerService@SmithsonianAssociates.org. Separate Zoom link information will be emailed closer to the date of the program. If you do not receive your Zoom link information 24 hours prior to the start of the program, please email Customer Service for assistance. View Common FAQs about our Streaming Programs on Zoom. This program is part of ourSmithsonian Associates Streaming series.