Napoleon was an imperialistic megalomaniac, like many other ‘great tacticians’

Very entertaining. Sorry to spoil the party.

It would be great if you calculated how good any general was in winning battles with the least ‘collateral damage’. Who was the least murderous general? Some variables: number of civilian victims, pillaged villages, destructed towns, devastation of the local/regional economy of captured territories, environmental effects of the campaign, death toll of mine fields, effects on social stability, political setback from enlightened systems to tirannies, spawning of ethnic conflict, rape of women, killing of innocent children, genocide in the wake of the campaigns, spread of epidemics as the by-effect of war, number of killed enslaved soldiers, destruction of cultural monuments.

Napoleon might have been a great tactician, but he was basically an imperialistic megalomaniac.

Friend of life and beauty and foe of spoilers of life and beauty. Golden marriage. Grandfather. Pianist and micro poet. Dutch, European.

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store