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Napoleon, Turner Prize, Georgia

The arts and ideas programme. 200 years after Napoleon's retreat from Moscow, Anne McElvoy examines how the French military leader is viewed in his homeland today.

As BBC Radio 3 marks the bicentenary of one of the greatest and most influential European events - Napoleon Bonaparte's historic retreat from Russia in 1812, Anne McElvoy talks to a great-great-grandnephew of Napoleon, Charles Napoleon and examines the ambivalent relationship between France and one of its most notorious leaders with political commentator Agnes Poirier, Professor Peter Hicks from the Napoleon foundation and Professor Michael Broers.

Anne also discusses the winner of this year's Turner Prize, announced this evening, with the critic Adrian Searle. The work of the winner and the other shortlisted artists is on show at Tate Britain until 6th January.

And there's a look at the first comprehensive history of Georgia for decades, using recently accessible archives from author Donald Rayfield. That's all on Night Waves with Anne McElvoy at 10pm.

Producer Estelle Doyle.

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The Radio 3 Napoleon Season marks the bicentenary of one of the most influential European events - Napoleon Bonaparte's historic retreat from Moscow in 1812.

Napoleon Season on BBC Radio 3

 

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The winner of the Turner Prize 2012 will be announced on Monday 3rd December. The work of the winner and the other shortlisted artists is on show at Tate Britain until 6th January 2013.

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Edge of Empires: A History of Georgia, by Donald Rayfield is available now, published by Reaktion Books.

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