Bonaparte et les iles ioniennes. Francisation juridique en difficulté. Notes pour un approfondissement

Translated title of the contribution: [Autom. eng. transl.] Bonaparte and the Ionian Islands. Legal francization in difficulty. Notes for further study

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Abstract

Using manuscripts found in Paris Archives Nationales, it was investigated how the Heptanese went through what Adriano Cavanna called the “French legal imperialism”. After the first attempt at dominating the Ionian Islands fails, Napoleon understands that enforcing the Code Civil would lead to a leveling out and secularization of society, which could cause unrest. Imperial commissaries obstinately advocating the enforcement of French codes are silenced, sometimes brutally. French citizens who live in Corfu and wish to divorce must return in Paris to apply for the dissolution of the bond, not to upset the population in Corfu. The priority is to protect the last French outpost in the Mediterranean. Notwithstanding all this, in Mid Nineteenth Century, when codification starts in the Ionian Islands, local jurists adopt French models. These are mixed with other models: local, Venetian and also British. But the basic framework is French, although adapted to Levantine usages. French codification, which Napoleon did not impose by force, imposed itself due to its scientific rationality.
Translated title of the contribution[Autom. eng. transl.] Bonaparte and the Ionian Islands. Legal francization in difficulty. Notes for further study
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationModernisme, tradition et acculturation juridique
Pages245-265
Number of pages21
Publication statusPublished - 2011
EventModernisme, tradition et acculturation juridique. Actes des journées internationales de la Société d'histoire du droit - Louvain-La-Neuve
Duration: 28 May 20081 Jun 2008

Publication series

NameXXVII Iuris Scripta Historica

Conference

ConferenceModernisme, tradition et acculturation juridique. Actes des journées internationales de la Société d'histoire du droit
CityLouvain-La-Neuve
Period28/5/081/6/08

Keywords

  • Francisation des iles ioniennes
  • Law in Ionian Islands

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