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The Little Cartesian Devil

Cartoon of two men looking at Napoleon in a glass cage


The reversal of circumstances that German cartoonists emphasized seemed generally to exercise considerable sway over this use of symbols. Here, Napoleon, who strode so large over Europe, is bottled and examined. Obsessed with his small stature, Napoleon might have been particularly displeased with this image.

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


Title in French
Das Carthesianische Teufelchen


Collection de Vinck. Un siècle d'histoire de France par l'estampe, 1770-1870. Vol. 66 (pièces 8672-8801), Directoire, Consulat et Empire.

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"The Little Cartesian Devil," in World History Commons, [accessed June 13, 2024]