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The Bonaparte Family, Part I: From Corsicans to Court

September 28, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm

featuring Max Owre, Lecturer in History and Executive Director, Carolina Public Humanities

The Bonaparte family played a powerful role in Napoleon’s life from their obscure Corsican origins to their ascension to thrones throughout Europe. This series of talks will introduce participants to the colorful characters in Napoleon’s family, while placing them in the context of his ambitious but disastrous imperial project. Focus in this session will be placed on the Corsican origins of the Bonaparte family and their early years in France, and the cooperation and rivalry between brothers Joseph, Lucien, and Napoleon Bonaparte during the French Revolutionary and Republican periods. Filled with colorful anecdotes, these talks will entertain while highlighting how understanding the Bonaparte Family helps us interpret Napoleon’s legacy.


Making the “Buonapartes” French: The Rise of a Family

Rivalry of Peers: The Bonaparte Brothers from Republicanism to Rule

Concluding Discussion: Nobles or Parvenus? The Bonapartes in Context


September 28, 2017; 9:00am-12:30pm. Registration is $55 for one event, or $100 for both Thursdays at the Friday Center events. Call 919-962-1544 to register, or register online.


September 28, 2017
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
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Friday Center
100 Friday Center Dr
Chapel Hill, NC 27599 United States
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