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Women's Rights Reversed Under Napoleon[edit]

The lead paragraph should include that:

"Napoleon reversed ideas of gender equality articulated by some, such as the Girondins and Olympe de Gouges, in the French Revolution.[1] Through the Napoleonic Code, the legal right of men to control women and the basis of the French Constitution in Declaration of Rights of Man and Citizen was affirmed. This contrasted significantly with the 1689 English Bill of Rights, which did/does not use the word "man" at all and was based in "rights and responsibilities of person". In the United States, a "head and master" marriage law (a.k.a. a "master and servant" marriage law) deriving from the Napoleonic Code was still in place in Louisiana in the 1970s until it was repealed by Supreme Court ruling in Kirchberg v. Feenstra, interpreting the "rights and responsibilities of person" of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights as prohibiting it.


  1. ^ "Teaching Women's Rights From Past To Present". Women In World History Curriculum. Retrieved 18 October 2016. 

People Were Tiny Back In the Day[edit]

Apparently, Napolean was 1.68 cm tall, "an average height for a man of that period" (ref. section "Image", paragraph 2). — Preceding unsigned comment added by Yomrlax (talkcontribs) 21:37, 24 April 2017 (UTC)

I think you mean 1.68 m tall; 1.68 cm is about 0.66 inches! — Preceding unsigned comment added by Mpaniello (talkcontribs) 10:38, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 18 May 2017[edit]

let me edit there are so many lies about the Napoleonic wars! (talk) 23:25, 18 May 2017 (UTC)

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how tall was Napoleon--what yardstick did he carry with him to St Helena?[edit]

he was measured at 5 feet 2-inches at his death. Owen Connelly (2006) has the best and most recent analysis. he says:"On the assumption that his corpse was measured with a French yardstick, which is longer than the British ... some historians have decided the Napoleon was 5'6" tall.... Since the French had been on the metric system since 1793, however, and since Napoleon had used all means to make the French convert to it, it is doubtful that his entourage carried a yardstick from the old regime. Thus, it is almost certain that he was measured within English yardstick." see his footnote Owen Connelly (2006). Blundering to Glory: Napoleon's Military Campaigns. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 7.  Using the English yardstick gives 5 feet, 2 inches. Rjensen (talk) 12:11, 12 June 2017 (UTC)

This is a weak source, at best. It admits to being an assumption. The article should be worded to state there is no clear evidence of his exact height, because there isn't. We have no idea how likely it was that his entourage had an English yardstick rather than a French. (talk) 15:31, 14 July 2017 (UTC)

We have explicit evidence that he was measured as 5-foot 2 inches. So we can just say that. Rjensen (talk) 15:42, 14 July 2017 (UTC)