Revive la revolution!

December 12, 2003

So, a battle is under way over Nelson's significance ("Historians battle over Nelson's reputation", THES , December 5). Since this battle seems to contain fashionable "what-iffery", is it time to consider what Britain would have been like had Napoleon won? Given the progressive and democratic principles of the French revolution, I'm inclined to suggest a better place.

Keith Flett
London Socialist Historians' Group

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