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Why the Napleon wasn't short myth is retarded


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He was, or at least the people at the time thought he was. You see the whole french inch thing is probably an anachronism that was invented to reconcile his "tallish" height of 5'6 which was considered short for the time. This isn't a phenomenon unique to Napoleon, for instance Martin Van Buren at a height of 5'6 was nicknamed the "Little Magician" or Alexander H. Stephens who at 5'7 was called by Lincoln the "Tallest short man he ever met". So yeah the Napoleon short thing is retarded.

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He was 5'6", yes, but that wasn't considered short at the time. That was the height of the average Frenchman at the time.

 

http://www.napoleon-series.org/research/abstract/population/vital/c_heights1.html

 

In fact, if that site is accurate, the average Frenchman at the time was only 5'4.5". American men were notably taller, at around 5'8", which would explain both of the Americans you referenced.

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Interesting, then that would suggest that average height got a lot higher from the 17th Century to the 18th Century, because basically all the skeletons from St. Mary's City were short motherfuckers.

 

The 17th Century is notable for having the granddady of all the demographic demolishing events, and it brought a whole bucketload of malnutrition. However I'm not 100% sure about those skellies in particular.

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You also have to take into account that lots of politicians and people of power are pretty damned tall. I got struck by that meeting politicians. It makes sense, since it lends to the air of charisma, and helps in public apperances. It's not really a rule, but if you're examining the judgement of people that would be around Napoleon the most (military and dignitary types), then you'll probably see a general trend in opinion.

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