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The Idea of Europe

Catriona Seth
Rotraud von Kulessa

71. Visions of the Future

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1According to those who knew him, Napoleon Bonaparte (1769–1821),i imprisoned on Saint-Helena, was conscious of having failed in his aim to conquer, but continued to affirm that the future of Europe demanded greater unity.

2The impulse has been given, and I do not believe that after my fall and the disappearance of my system there will be any major equilibrium possible in Europe other than by the agglomeration and confederation of the great peoples.

3Napoleon Bonaparte, quoted by Las Cases,
Memorial of Saint-Helena (1822–23).

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