MPL Talks: Napoleon Bonaparte & the Age of Imagination

We host a lot of programs at Mentor Public Library and it’s hard to catch them all.

And sometimes you miss one you really wanted to see.

That’s why we’ve started MPL Talks, where we post full programs online for you to watch at your convenience. It’s not quite the same as being there. (For example, you don’t get to ask questions.) But it’s better than missing out.

Recently, our own Dr. John Foster—who, in addition to being a librarian, also has a doctorate degree in history—discussed Napoleon Bonaparte’s life as part of our Austen in Autumn series. (If you’re wondering what Bonaparte and Jane Austen have in common, Foster answers that question in the first few minutes of the video.)

Learn what made Bonaparte so successful on the battlefield (hint: it involves math), the terrors of a Russian winter and how the changes of Bonaparte’s lifetime still affect the western world today.

If you enjoy this talk, you’ll probably want to hear Foster discuss the origins of the Nazi Final Solution.

For more information on programs at Mentor Public Library, visit our event calendar; and for more videos of MPL programs and events, check out our YouTube channel.

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