An interesting little article in the Smithsonian today - see "Why we'd be better off if Napoleon never lost at Waterloo"
It's an issue that could be endlessly debated, though I lean towards this position myself... Figuring out the complexities and psychologies of 200 years ago is a challenge of course. Nice to have this counterpoint to all the boring old anglophile accounts at any rate.
I also listened to the Napoleon Bonaparte Podcast last year, which takes a similar positive view. Over 100 hours of listening there! Great to have these things to listen to while painting.