Mateo Falcone Historical Context

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Napoleonic France

By the time of Merimee's birth in 1803, Napoleon, a Corsican who had made himself Emperor of France, was at the height of his power. By 1814, when Merimee was eleven years old, Napoleon's wars had devastated Europe. Napoleon finally was beaten at the hands of an allied force led by the Duke of Wellington at Waterloo in Belgium. The island of Corsica became part of France in the eighteenth century and was retained by the French nation even after Napoleon's defeat.

France after Napoleon

The vendetta, portrayed so shockingly in "Mateo Falcone," was a significant part of French politics in the first three decades of the nineteenth century.

Romanticism

Essay on the Origin of Inequality Among Men

(1754), The Social Contract (1762), Emile (1762), and Reveries of the Solitary Walker (1778) signaled a return to emotionalism and primitivism in Europe and the United States. "Man is born free," Rousseau claimed in...

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