Napoleon vs Russia

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Since the second half of 18th century the entire culture of those days
Russia’s aristocratic circles was based on admiration of everything
French (Literature, Fashions, Culinary ).
French was their language of choice in communications.
That admiration of France remained to be the same after the Napoleonic
war. Moreover, Russian army aristocratic officers, which were staying
in the occupied Paris, picked up French spirit of Freedom and brought
it back home to Russia (see Decabrists).

The special affinity of Russian aristocracy with France continued
until the Russian Revolution. France accepted thousands of “white’s”
(vs “red”) aristocratic Russian immigrants after “whites” were
defeated in Russia during after revolutionary Civil War.

In many ways French society and governing system even in the
Napoleonic times was more human, democratic and overall progressive
comparing with oppressive absolute Russian monarchy rule, where the
majority of Russian people were internal slaves (serfs) to their
aristocratic masters.
Napoleon, much like Alexander (Macedonian) the Great in his quest to
expand the boundaries of the “Oicumena” (Civilization), was thinking
(IMHO, to certain degree correctly) that his intent of conquest of
Russia is justified. Napoleon would destroy serfdom in Russia, which
after his defeat remained in Russia for another fifty years !
Coming from the Corsican ethnic minority origin, Napoleon was very
keen on protecting minorities.
In every country which Napoleon conquered (or from another point of
view – freed!) he gave civil rights to local Jews and dismantled
Jewish Ghettos.
Vive Le Napoleon !

  1. At The Dawn of The Twentieth Century
  2. Protected: The eternal curse!
  3. Generalizing identities for Pi & its convergents
  4. О доступе к вкушению плодов древа знаний
  5. Истории моей эмиграции
  6. Большой Театр открылся после Перестройки
  7. Пролетает над грешной Землёй метеор
  8. Когда в Раю случился первородный грех
  9. My resume
  10. Глупцу
  11. Вновь про талисман
  12. Корабль мечты
  13. Иллюзий хрупких юности узорчатый рассыпался витраж
  14. Древо жизни
  15. Мертво искусство без души
  16. Strikes heavy bombing roar rumbling bass
  17. Россия – расстались навсегда с тобой евреи…
  18. Никто не учится увы истории урокам
  19. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Approximate identities based on linear combinations of symbolic constants
  20. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Quantitative analysis of knowledge.
  21. Review of “Newton’s Laws – The Concepts”
  22. My discussion with Ray Solomonoff
  23. BBP identity yielding rational number
  24. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Logarithm, Pi related and other identities
  25. Entire English language poetry collection
  26. Pi approximations by roots of Diophantine equation
  27. Re-rise of Islamism & decline of Western Judo-Christian Civilization
  28. Who was driving the *show* during the collapse of the Soviet Union (USSR)?
  29. Sonnets (in Russian)
  30. В подражанье к Тютчеву (lyrics in Russian)
  31. Уже погасли фонари
  32. Вчера я видел сон (lyrics in Russian)
  33. Вина бокал (Lyrics in Russian)
  34. Ramanujan constant related stuff
  35. Extending Braille notation for math, physics and chemistry ?
  36. Entire poetry collection
  37. Alexander R. Povolotsky – BBP formula for Pi in a slight disguise
  38. Alexander R. Povolotsky -Three hard to prove conjectures
  39. “This guy”
  40. Infinite sums for Euler number (Napier’s constant) & its roots
  41. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Poetical improvisation on Pushkin’s ‘Egyptian Nights’
  42. Alexander R. Povolotsky – Formulas on k-folded sums of powers.
  43. English translation of the “Unsmiling Tsarevna (Nesmeyana)” song
  44. Napoleon vs Russia
  45. USSR’s demise & dissolution caused 4 fold Dow-Jones growth
  46. Brief rhymed reviews for selected books
  47. “Young And Tender Love Forever”
  48. The quotes, which I made up
  49. My English translation of A. S. Pushkin’s “The Night”, which he wrote in 1823
  50. Do you love or just want to be loved ?
  51. Моя остановка
  52. My Jewish People, Israel – I am your proud son !
  53. Besame Mucho Juanita, the Mexican girl
  54. Stepp but stepp around
  55. Please now look at me
  56. New shocking findings on the Beauty and the Beast ;-)
  57. On Love and Poetry
  58. There was a girl
  59. To YOU
  60. “Ошибся я, ошиблась ты”
  61. On USSR/Russia history – brief notes
  62. The bouquet of roses
  63. “Посмотри на небе звёзды горят”
  64. The mirror (in Russian)
  65. Стареющий певец
  66. variation on Goethe’s
  67. Lyrics – for the song (in Russian)
  68. Слова любви
  69. I don’t want to read your book
  70. Я стою на краю
  71. The ballad about the king, his daughter and her young lover
  72. Два имени (two names)
  73. Много лет тому назад
  74. variation on Goethe’s (in Russian)
  75. The mirror (lyrical poetry – in Russian)
  76. Jipsy motives – in Russian
  77. Из камня слова моего (lyrics in Russian)
  78. Ушли любовь, страданья, муки (lyrics in Russian)
  79. Бесцельна жизнь
  80. My tribute to Omar Khayyam