TOUT POUR ET PAR LE PEUPLE – EVERYTHING FOR AND BY THE PEOPLE
« Pour l’Honneur de la France, pour les intérêts sacrés de l’Humanité – For the Honour of France, for the sacred interests of Humanity »
(Napoléon le Grand, le 17 ventôse an VIII – Samedi 8 mars 1800 – Napoleon the Great, 17th of Ventôse Year VIII – Saturday 8th March 1800)
ON NAPOLEONIC IDEAS
NAPOLEON III, EMPEROR OF THE FRENCH
Translated from the French
by Paul-Napoléon Calland, President of the Bonapartist Movement, and published in French and English in honour of the two hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the birth of Napoleon the Great, on the Fifteenth of August, 2019.
Traduit du français par Paul-Napoléon Calland, Président du Mouvement Bonapartiste, et publié en français et en anglais en l’honneur du 250e anniversaire de Napoléon le Grand, le 15 août 2019.
CHAPTER I : ON GOVERNMENTS IN GENERAL / DES GOUVERNEMENTS EN GÉNÉRAL
CHAPTER II : GENERAL IDEAS / IDÉES GÉNÉRALES
CHAPTER III : INTERNAL MATTERS / QUESTION INTÉRIEURE
CHAPTER IV : EXTERNAL MATTERS / QUESTION ÉTRANGÈRE
CHAPTER V : THE EMPEROR’S GOAL / BUT OÙ TENDAIT L’EMPEREUR
CHAPTER VI : THE CAUSES OF THE EMPEROR’S FALL / CAUSES DE LA CHUTE DE L’EMPEREUR
CHAPTER VII : CONCLUSION
If the destiny foreseen for me at my birth had not been changed by events, as nephew to the Emperor, I would have been one of the defenders of his throne, one of the propagators of his ideas ; I would have had the glory of being one of the pillars of his edifice or to die in one of the squares of his Guard, fighting for France. The Emperor is no more! … but his spirit is not dead. Deprived of the possibility of defending, by force of arms, his guardianship, I can at least try to defend his memory by writing. To enlighten public opinion through seeking the ideals which presided over his high conceptions, to recall his vast projects, is a task which smiles yet to my heart
and consoles me in exile. Fear of shocking opposing opinions will not stop me; ideas, which are placed under the aegis of the greatest genius of modern times, may be admitted frankly; they cannot waver according to the political climate. Enemy of all absolute theories and of intellectual submission, I have no obligations to any party, to any sect, or any government; my voice is as free as my thoughts … and I love freedom!
Carlton Terrace, London. July 1839.