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Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914Essays for John McManners$
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Nigel Aston

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198205968

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198205968.001.0001

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Religion according to Napoleon: The Limitations of Pragmatism

Religion according to Napoleon: The Limitations of Pragmatism

(p.235) 11 Religion according to Napoleon: The Limitations of Pragmatism
Religious Change in Europe 1650–1914

Geoffrey Ellis

Oxford University Press

This chapter covers the years up to Brumaire and considers the evidence on what sort of religious upbringing Napoleon had, and how he reacted to it. It concentrates mainly on his policy towards the Catholic Church, and also much more briefly discusses his treatment of the other religions in France, during his years of power. It also deals with the St Helena record, the product of what might be considered his more reflective years, and assesses how far it is consistent with those earlier attitudes and policies towards the various religious communities over which he had ruled.

Keywords:   pragmatism, religious upbringing, Napoleon, Catholic Church, state policy, religious communities

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