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Atatürk
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 10:12:29 AM

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Napoleon's defeat at Waterloo in 1815 proved to be the triumph, not of progress and reform, but of reactionary despotisms throughout continental Europe.

Could you elaborate on "reactionary despotism"?

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thar
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 10:40:15 AM

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Despotism - the type of government where the ruler is a despot
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despot
a ruler or other person who holds absolute power, typically one who exercises it in a cruel or oppressive way.


reactionary
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reactionary
opposing political or social progress or reform.
"reactionary attitudes toward women's rights"




reactionary despotism - the rulers being reactionary types of despots!

You can have reactionary despots, who want to keep things the way they have been in the past and stay in total control of the populace.
But you can also have revolutionary despots, who want to change everything but still stay in total control of the populace.
And I guess everything in between.
Atatürk
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 1:25:22 PM

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Thank you.
Can we say Napoleon was a revolutionary despot?

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RuthP
Posted: Friday, December 14, 2018 2:29:54 PM

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Atatürk wrote:
Thank you.
Can we say Napoleon was a revolutionary despot?

That would be possible, but I don't think it's the point. I think they are saying the demise of Napoleon as Emperor did not result in a republic. France not only went back to a monarchy, but this was, remember, the age of empire with a lot of colonization around the world.

There was the "sun never sets on" British empire, the Asia into Central Europe Ottoman empire, the French had some considerable holdings, the Dutch still had some, the Spanish still had some, the Germans never had as much as they wanted. So the defeat of the man who set out to become world emperor didn't really improve the state of the world.

EDIT: Oh yeah, and Russia was mucking around in Europe with greater or lesser result depending on the exact time we're talking about.
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