Applying for a post in the Napoleonic Age. Reflections from a work in progress

Author/s Valentina Dal Cin
Publishing Year 2023 Issue 2023/119 Language Italian
Pages 13 P. 53-68 File size 157 KB
DOI 10.3280/PASS2023-119003
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The principle of career pathways based on merit, brought in by the French Revolution, was also asserted by Napoleon. Though opposed to the concept of favour, merit remained an ambiguous term, conceived both as an individual and a hereditary feature. The analysis of a corpus of almost seven hundred applications for employment, produced by three hundred candidates, allows us to examine on which elements they based their rhetorical strategy - be it education, service, kinship, sufferings, or family burdens - by observing the Napoleonic administration through the perception held by those who wanted to be employed.

Keywords: Job Applications, Curriculum vitae, Napoleonic Empire, Bureaucracy, Text Analysis

Valentina Dal Cin, Candidarsi a un impiego in età napoleonica. Riflessioni a partire da una ricerca in corso in "PASSATO E PRESENTE" 119/2023, pp 53-68, DOI: 10.3280/PASS2023-119003