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A Battle of Emperors?

Contemporary Poetic and Prose Descriptions of Austerlitz (1805)
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Abstract

For centuries, at least in the Western and certainly in the Middle and Western European tradition, history was written and taught along a chain of major political events: enthronements and deaths of emperors, conquest and capture of territories, civil strife, revolutions, etc. While war and strife do not play a role in every such instance, numerous battles do feature prominently in the histories and the formation of the identities of almost every Western region. Such actions have gained a place in the commemorative culture, the culture of memory of the peoples of the respective region, be it because they were decisive in a war against a pernicious enemy, because they ended the horrors of civil strife, because the winner gained important territories, because they present a most unexpected victory, or, not least, because of a disastrous defeat.

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