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Did Napoleon plan to invade India?

The answer is a very solid yes although I'd prefer the word Intervene rather than invade. India was one of the key possessions of British and Indian trade was crucial to British economy at that time....
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Was there anything in common between the War of 1812 between Britain and America and the War of 1812 between Napoleon and Russia?

Yes, the two wars were indeed related, and even rather closely. Both wars were tied to Napoleon's ongoing war with Britain. Napoleon had set up the Continental system to boycott British trade; this ...
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Source of the Napoleon "God/Devil/immortal" quote

Napoleon is widely described as either a demigod or a demon / devil, though, as Danila Smirnov mentioned, not immortal. Might you be misremembering this, or perhaps something like it: Napoleon . . ....
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Which version of Napoleon's "Europe is a Molehill" quote is correct?

Your last quote from Bourrienne seems to be the most correct version. Essentially, the context is that Napoleon held a very high opinion of the East and wanted to organize expeditions at least as far ...
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Are these remarks by Napoleon on Jesus genuine?

My hesitant conclusion, made firmer by reading the answers above, is that they are in essence genuine remarks. Though what you quote is an amalgam of three sayings from the same passage assembled ...
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How can a diamond shape be a reference to Napoleon?

The book A História dos Símbolos Nacionais, published by the Brazilian Senate, states that indeed, [The flag] was conceived by Jean-Baptiste Debret, French painter and founder of our Academy of ...
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Was Napoleon's General Joachim Murat of Turkish descent?

A valid premise for research might be that simply "Murat" is looking and perhaps even sounding like a word or name of Turkish/Arabic origin, therefore Joachim Murat may have a family name of similar ...
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How could a skilled battle commander like Napoleon Bonaparte lose to Prussians at Waterloo (Belgium) as such?

We have no evidence that Napoleon was ill during June 1815. None. Nada. Zilch. While on St. Helena, Napoleon wrote extensively about his final campaign, blaming Ney and Grouchy extensively and usually ...
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Before his arrival at St Helena, was Napoleon legally a prisoner of war?

In the book Napoleon After Waterloo: England and the St. Helena Decision By Michael John Thornton the status of Napoleon is discussed in great detail, including questions of law. There are several ...
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Was there anything in common between the War of 1812 between Britain and America and the War of 1812 between Napoleon and Russia?

The War of 1812 between Britain and America was very directly related to the Napoleonic Wars in Europe (which included the French invasion of Russia). The War of 1812 was a by-product of the ...
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Was Napoleon's General Joachim Murat of Turkish descent?

Here is an ancester chart for Joachim Murat's son Lucien from wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucien_Murat#Ancestry1 All Joachim Murat's ancestors up to Pierre Murat seem to have married ...
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Which version of Napoleon's "Europe is a Molehill" quote is correct?

To expand on the answer by Giter, here is the original French of de Bourrienne's retelling of that passage (V 2, pp 44) from an 1829 French edition in the NY Public Library: My take is that Quinn's ...
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Why did Napoleon change his mind and continue the attack into Russia?

Article you quoted is rather simplistic and sensationalistic. Napoleon invaded Russia to force her to join his new European order (like other European nations, Austria, Prussia etc ..), especially his ...
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How can a diamond shape be a reference to Napoleon?

The flag design most closely associated with Napoleon would be his personal command flag. If he had one. Pending the discovery of the design of any personal flag of Napoleon, the flag design most ...
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Did Napoleon's coronation mantle survive?

No The only ceremonial garments left today from the actual coronation are the dress and court train of Countess Bérenger, wife of State Councilor Jean Bérenger: … would be the only vestiges preserved ...
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How was Napoleon's military funded just a decade after the French Revolution ostensibly because of bankruptcy/mismanagement of funds?

From 1799 (when Napoleon became First Consul of France) to 1805, the French treasury was most dependent on taxes from France and its empire. After 1805, conquered territories in Europe such as Spain, ...
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Was there anything in common between the War of 1812 between Britain and America and the War of 1812 between Napoleon and Russia?

Of course the US would never have invaded Canada if the leadership didn't think that the US could win. They thought it could win because Britain was already in a mortal battle. The British ...
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What is the original French for Napoleon's quote "When your enemy is making a false move don't disturb him"?

The earliest version that I could find in French is "Quand l'ennemi fait un faux mouvement , il faut se garder de l'interrompre" which appears in Baron Jomini's Vie politique et militaire de ...
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How to understand the geography of Napoleon's military campaigns?

West Point Military Atlases has an entire volume devoted to The Napoleonic Wars. Here are two samples: Italian Campaign - Seizing Central Position, 10 - 14 April, 1796: Central Europe, 1809 - Danube ...
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What is the original French for Napoleon's quote "When your enemy is making a false move don't disturb him"?

Napoleon's quote "When your opponent is making a false move, it is wise not to disturb him." is known in France to be: "N'interrompez jamais un ennemi qui est en train de faire une erreur." ...
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Did Napoleon ever say «On s'engage et puis… on voit»?

'On s'engage partout, et puis l'on voit' appears in Literarisches Wochenblatt, Volume 3 - but not attrbuted to Napoleon, though he is twice mentioned in the short article. So we are now back to 1819, ...
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Did Napoleon plan to invade India?

India also was shared between France and Britain until the seven years war. It was about taking back territory lost under the monarchy, that's why former Indian rajas who were allies to France back in ...
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Liking and disliking among the Napoleonic Marshalls of the Empire

I'm going to base the following of an essay by Frans G Bengtsson, "Marskalkarna av Frankrike", found in Sällskap för en eremit. The essay in turn was written after he had read Gabriel d'Orgeval's Le ...
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To whom does Napoleon refer in this letter to Josephine?

This site claims the letter to be dated 30 March 1796 (Apparently 10 Germinal) and sent from Nice. This is a mere three weeks after their whirlwind romance and marriage on March 9 that year, shortly ...
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What books Napoleon Bonaparte used to read?

From the German Wikipedia on Napoleon: Plato Voltaire Corneille Lavater Rollin "Geschichte des Altertums" Buffon "Histoire naturelle" Marigny "Geschichte der Araber" Goethe "Die Leiden des jungen ...
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How could a skilled battle commander like Napoleon Bonaparte lose to Prussians at Waterloo (Belgium) as such?

Several reasons. One of them might be hemorrhoids. Napoleon suffered from them. So did I, once. You do not, repeat: DO NOT know how painful this can be, if you never had hemorrhoids. A patient has one ...
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How was Napoleon able to take power from the Republic

This is a very interesting question though a definite answer probably cannot be given. I strongly disagree with Tom Au statement that Egyptian expedition "was a considerable success". It was a total ...
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Did Napoleon ever say «On s'engage et puis… on voit»?

It seems very plausible to attach his quip to Lenin, as the Red October and its aftermath was practically exactly that: take action and see what comes out of it. It seems very strange to attribute ...
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Why did Hitler repeat Napoleon's error (attacking Russia in mid-summer instead of late spring)?

There is no good season for invasion of Russia Napoleon and Hitler invaded in the beginning of the summer. Weather in this part of the year is relatively good for advance, and Russian roads are ...
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Why was Napoleon so lenient to Austria?

As listed in the Wikipedia link on the War of the Fifth Coalition: Austria lost ~20% of its population through ceded territory and had to pay heavy fines while not yet totally defeated in 6 months of ...
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