200 Years After Battle, Some Hard Feelings Remain – NYTimes.com

In Waterloo’s commemoration some see “British triumphalism,” a historical battlefield, and  war that Germany doesn’t have to apologize for.  But Belgians (and the French) are not so keen on the idea:

While the battle ended two centuries ago, however, hard feelings have endured. Memories are long here, and not everyone here shares Britain’s enthusiasm for celebrating Napoleon’s defeat.

Every year, in districts of Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium, there are fetes to honor Napoleon, according to Count Georges Jacobs de Hagen, a prominent Belgian industrialist and chairman of a committee responsible for restoring Hougoumont. “Napoleon, for these people, was very popular,” Mr. Jacobs, 73, said over coffee. “That is why, still today, there are some enemies of the project.”

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One thought on “200 Years After Battle, Some Hard Feelings Remain – NYTimes.com”

  1. This article highlights an example of how hatred/hard-feelings can survive through the generations. Some of the conflicts in the world right now, especially in the Middle-East, have their origins going back decades. It is important to remember that tensions/conflicts between different groups of people are rarely black and white like the news sometimes portrays. The surface problem may be contemporary, but the root of the problem probably goes deeper. In order to find a solution to the problem, we have to keep this in mind.

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