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Abstention Rate in Napoleonic Plebiscites

Map of regional support for Napoleon over time


All regions of France did not support Napoleon equally. His rule aroused most enthusiasm in the east (a prerevolutionary border region crucial in the Napoleonic wars) and the center of the country, least in the west, which had long provided a home to royalist counterrevolution.

Abstension rate in Napoleonic plebiscites (shaded areas = those where the abstention rate exceeded 80 percent).

This source is a part of the The Napoleonic Experience teaching module.


Frédéric Bluche, Le Plebiscite des Cent-Jours, 1815 (Geneva: Droz, 1974), p. 97.

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