The Corsican Identity and Influence on Napoleon's Life and Career

TLDR Napoleon Buonaparte, a Corsican, was heavily influenced by the pride, rebellion, and political ideals of Corsica in the 18th century. Despite his father's accommodation to French occupation, Napoleon's strong interest in reading and ancient history, as well as his torn feelings between support for the French Revolution and his nationalist sentiments for Corsica, ultimately shaped his life and career.

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00:00 Napoleon Buonaparte, better known as Napoleon, was not actually French but Corsican, and his Corsican identity played a significant role in his life and career.
04:24 Corsica, a mountainous and independent island owned by the Republic of Genoa, was a place of pride and rebellion in the 18th century, and served as a projection of political ideals for those seeking freedom and liberty, with Pasquale Paoli as a model figure, which greatly influenced Napoleon's own aspirations.
08:51 Napoleon's father, Carlo, accommodates himself to the French occupation of Corsica and obtains a fake noble title, allowing his sons to receive a privileged education, while Napoleon himself grows up in a violent and impoverished environment, but shows a strong interest in reading and ancient history.
12:52 Napoleon's father sends him to a military academy in France to learn French and pursue social mobility, but despite his time there, he never becomes fluent in French and retains a strong Corsican accent.
16:51 Napoleon is a blend of proto-romantic, nationalistic, and enlightenment thinking, and despite being a loner and difficult person, he excels academically and becomes a second lieutenant in a prestigious regiment in France.
21:09 Napoleon, despite being moody and difficult, excels academically and has the prospect of a glittering career ahead of him in the artillery regiment, while also dreaming of writing a history of Corsica.
25:12 Napoleon is torn between his support for the French Revolution and his nationalist feelings for Corsica, which will ultimately shape the course of his life.
29:36 Napoleon returns to Corsica during the chaos of the French Revolution, where he finds political unrest and factions fighting for control of the island, while also engaging in nationalist activities and writing about Corsican history.
33:34 Napoleon's position in Corsica is becoming chaotic and he risks losing traction, as he engages in nationalist activities while also writing genocidal fantasies about the French and engaging in class warfare, all while the French Revolution gains speed and the pressure rises for him to not be seen as a deserter or traitor.
37:49 Napoleon arrives in chaotic Paris and witnesses the mob forcing the king to put on the red cap of liberty, which he despises due to his belief in order and discipline.
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