What is it about?
Petitions are often understood as a tool for the free political participation of citizens. In contrast, this article analyses how, during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Empire, petitions became an empire-building device.
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Why is it important?
This article shows that the perversion of democratic procedures has always been part of democratic life. It also contributes to a better understanding of Napoleon´s use of consent and participation as legitimacy resources.
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This page is a summary of: Petitioning for empire in Napoleonic Europe, Journal of Modern European History, December 2019, SAGE Publications, DOI: 10.1177/1611894419894476.
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