'Napoleon on his achievements, 1816': How far can one rely on written sources left by Napoleon?

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Are these written sources open to doubt and careful scrutiny? Could it be that Napoleon was constantly and consciously concerned about his own image, and how posterity would view him in later years? By analysing this source, we hope to gain a broader perspective of Napoleon by placing it in context and evaluating its significance.

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'Napoleon on his achievements, 1816': How far can one rely on written sources left by Napoleon?Are these written sources open to doubt and careful scrutiny? Could it be that Napoleon was constantly and consciously concerned about his own image, and how posterity would view him in later years? By analysing this source, we hope to gain a broader perspective of Napoleon by placing it in context and evaluating its significance. The source in question is the memoir dictated to Count Las Cases by Napoleon, written in 1816 on the island of St. Helena where Napoleon was exiled. It can be said th

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