Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Napoleon's bayonets

Antonio Gramsci, "Socialism and Culture" (1916): "The bayonets of Napoleon's armies found their road already smoothed by an invisible army of books and pamphlets that had swarmed out of Paris from the first half of the eighteenth century and had prepared both men and institutions for the necessary renewal."

1 comment:

  1. A quote from someone a century removed from reality. Napoleon seldom if ever found a smooth road, and his grognards earned their victories the hard way.