Tuesday, October 23, 2007

The World on Fire

The Washington Post
has a review of a new book by Jay Winik about the Age of Revolution called The Great Upheaval. The review is not totally favorable, but the book still sounds interesting (to me, anyway.) To quote:
On November 9, 1799, Napoleon Bonaparte invaded the legislative chambers in the Palais Royal in Paris and ended years of republican government in France by instituting what amounted to a military dictatorship. When someone shouted in protest, "And the constitution?" the general retorted, "You yourselves have destroyed it."

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