News and Apologies

Hi folks, David and I are trying to schedule a time and a guest for a new Napoleon episode. I just didn’t want you to think we’d forgotten about you. I’m also getting closer to having the Ajaccio/Paris/Elba DVD ready. Just editing some final bits of video. Should be on sale shortly.

Markham

In the meantime, here’s a couple of articles about David that you might enjoy!

An Afternoon of Napoleon in Montreal

The Raucous Royals: Interview with J. David Markham

Nicholas Stark Needs Your Help

While in Paris last July, after the Ajaccio INS Congress, I had the pleasure of meeting one of our listeners face-to-face – Nicholas Stark, an 18-year old Napoleon student who lives in Philadelphia. In his own words, Nicholas is “devout young historian, specializing in Napoleonic history”. He recently received the exciting news that he has been granted a scholarship to attend the American University of Paris, where he will be studying Napoleonic history and the French language. However the scholarship is quite small and he’s trying to raise the funds needed to continue his studies. You can read his story (and review his resume) on his blog. If anyone out there can help Nicholas achieve his dream of furthering his Napoleonic studies to become the next J. David Markham, please contact him on monsieurstark@yahoo.com or 267-226-2593.

Kubrick’s Napoleon screenplay

Many thanks to Ryan Crombie who discovered an online version of Stanley Kubrick’s 1969 Napoleon screenplay! As we discussed on the show, the film was unfortunately never produced, in part because Sergei Bondarchuk’s film WATERLOO (1970) was a commercial flop. I really look forward to reading through this! Read more about the film here.

Ralph Waldo Emerson on Napoleon

I found a link to this essay by Emerson on Tim Ferriss’ blog (the 4 Hour Work Week guy).

It’s a really great essay. Here’s the final paragraph as a teaser:

It was not Bonaparte’s fault. He did all that in him lay to live and thrive without moral principle. It was the nature of things, the eternal law of man and of the world which baulked and ruined him; and the result, in a million experiments, will be the same. Every experiment, by multitudes or by individuals, that has a sensual and selfish aim, will fail. The pacific Fourier will be as inefficient as the pernicious Napoleon. As long as our civilization is essentially one of property, of fences, of exclusiveness, it will be mocked by delusions. Our riches will leave us sick; there will be bitterness in our laughter, and our wine will burn our mouth. Only that good profits which we can taste with all doors open, and which serves all men.

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