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The Exhibition

Everyone has heard of Waterloo. Less well-known is that Napoleon had already been defeated in 1814, but escaped his exile on Elba in February 1815, swept across France gathering troops, and toppled the newly restored Bourbon monarchy in Paris without firing a shot. Only then was he defeated at Waterloo in June 1815, finally surrendering in July. Day by day, from February to July 2015 this website released an object that shed light on these dramatic events, along with weekly summaries outlining the period more broadly. To go the final object, press the red button below; you can also see previous entries by going to 'objects' where all those to have appeared can be found in chronological order.

in collaboration with

European History

Research Centre


Research Fund