- Mar 2016
I'm reminded of a scene early in War and Peace where one of the characters, a young university student (that I can't remember his name because I stopped reading shortly afterwards) embarrasses himself at a party in St Petersburg because he's a massive Napoleon fanboy and keeps defending his actions and saying how great he is. But also when you consider that Napoleon was seen as a celebrity-like figure by the British and visited by heaps of MPs for interviews while he was exiled to St Helena. Could the reaction to Napoleon while he ruled France be compared to how people in the West view Putin today, i.e. he is generally disliked and criticised, but some people will still defend and admire him despite their countries' official stance?