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Jean-Paul Bertaud

Napoleon, the journalist: bulletins of glory

Le Temps des médias n°4, printemps 2005, p.10-21

In August 1805, the Austrian army attacked Bavaria. Two months later, the French army, renamed the Grande Armée, crosses the Danube on its march eastwards. The same month, an official bulletin destined only for the men of the Grande Armée, begins circulation. Henceforth, these would accompany all consequent military campaigns and published in the journal, Le Moniteur. Its author, who remained unnamed, was Emperor Napoleon himself. Written by a military leader and head of State, the pamphlets’ lines bear testimony to the glorification of war pervasive in the society of the time and for years after. DrapeauFrancais

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