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  • n. The practices of Napoleon Bonaparte
  • n. A populist alliance between the bourgeoisie and the lumpenproletariat characterized by strong leadership and conservative nationalism


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  • He accused a number of members of the defunct junta of "Bonapartism" and sent some of them abroad in ambassadorial posts.

    Pakistan 29 years after Zulfikar Ali Bhutto's execution

  • His "Bonapartism", we are told, "also owes something to his sometimes arcane, quasi-feudal, pre-capitalist corporatist values ... (p20)".


  • "Bonapartism" normally tends to be a political move to the conservative side, or at best a corporative self-assertion of the armed forces as a special economic and professional pressure group within the status quo.

    How to Plot Your Takeover

  • One of the world's great tragedies since the fall of the Soviet Union has been Russia's slide back to Bonapartism under Vladimir Putin.

    Challenging the Kremlin

  • Having just fought the putschists to defend democracy and constitutionality, for Yeltsin to violate the constitution and dissolve an elected parliament—one that was enthusiastically supporting his initiatives—would have seemed a bizarre act of Bonapartism.

    The Return

  • Fauchelevent, who, like many of our peasants of the North, had an old fund of Bonapartism about him.

    Les Miserables

  • He was responding to Vladimir Putin's quick-step march into authoritarianism -- Bonapartism with a semi-civilian face.


  • She deals briskly with how Napoleon used Caesar's example to justify and extend his emergency powers -- and how critics of Bonapartism stressed Caesar's role in turning military adventures abroad into despotism at home.

    What? Not interested in "squishy grey area between the analytical/political and the creative/autobiographical"?

  • Before long Mademoiselle Thirion made known that she thought it improper to attend the classes of a painter whose opinions were tainted with patriotism and Bonapartism (in those days the terms were synonymous), and she ceased her attendance at the studio.

    The Vendetta

  • He believes (if I read him correctly) that all it takes to send the Army packing is for all politicians to be henceforth united in resisting Bonapartism.

    Where Is Pakistan Heading?


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