From Napoleon to De Gaulle: Treasures from the Consulate General of France

2020-11-26
From Napoleon to De Gaulle: Treasures from the Consulate General of France

Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and Charles de Gaulle (1890-1970) are two national figures that the French admire most in the history of their nation. 2019 marked the 250th anniversary of Napoleon’s birth, while 2020 celebrates a triple anniversary for General de Gaulle: his birth and death in November and the Appeal of 18 June 1940.

On this occasion, the BSocSc (Hons) in European Studies (French) programme, with the support of HKBU Library, initiated an exhibit of memorabilia, comprised of books, objects and photographs on 24 November - 6 December 2020.

This exhibition is the 16th and last teaching and learning activity of the two-year pilot project led by Dr Emilie Tran, Department of Government and International Studies, titled “1, 2, 3, Prêts! Partez! Internationalisation at Home for a Successful Year Abroad”, which stems from the Community of Practice – Internationalisation of Teaching and Learning (CoP-ITL).

At the opening ceremony, the Consul General of France in Hong Kong and Macao, Mr. Alexandre Giogini, who is also a trained historian (Ecole Normale Supérieure & agrégé d’histoire), shared his insights about Napoleon and De Gaulle, putting into perspective the two men’s lives and lasting legacy for France and Europe.

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