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Power in Transition: the correspondence of the Provisional Government, June-July 1815

After the defeat of Waterloo, a Provisional Governmental commission was set up in France. 38 letters from that institution’s correspondence, in essence replies to letters from Napoleon I, are held at the French National Archives. They are made available here online, and they reveal, day by day, the advance of the Coalition troops towards Paris, the transfer of power from Napoleon to King Louis XVIII, and the manoeuvres to achieve this adopted by Joseph Fouché, Napoleon’s former Minister of Police, who became president of the provisional government. Under the aegis of the Année Napoléon 2021 label, this collection is the first in a series to be put online on Napoleonica - Les Archives designed shed light the end of the imperial regime and the exile on Saint Helena. This new corpus will soon be published on our web site.

Letter from marshal Davout to the provisional government, June, 28th, 1815, Archives nationales, AFIV 908, n° 8. © Archives nationales

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