What Is Napoleon Bonaparte's Foreign Policy

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Napoleon, born in Corsica and grew up in France. He was a military leader who was very fair but controlling. He was loved by the people as he provided temporary stability to France. He led many campaigns and quickly rose to power as general. Napoleon tried to use France as a stepping stone to rise to more power. He only ruled for himself and did not take instruction from anyone but himself. His foreign policy is a disaster and his social policy is selfish. First of all, Napoleon’s social policy may appear to look good but underneath all of that is just selfish motives. Napoleon separated Church and state and made Catholicism religion of the majority. He created a civil code that upheld patriarchal authority. Napoleon outlawed the worker's…show more content…
Although he did inspire many and spread his ideals, Napoleon only did this to appeal to the people and make people even more loyal to him. His continental system was not effective as much of France’s clothing and merchandise came from the British. It was not helpful to either country as British product were often a higher quality and cheaper. Even though bread prices stayed consistent, clothing prices did not. He also spread his ideals throughout France only to give his under-qualified siblings leadership positions. His siblings were inexperienced and did not know how to properly lead a country properly. This is an example of nepotism which today, is illegal in many places. Many problems can come from unqualified siblings in power. Especially with France’s track record of bad leaders. After Russia’s current Tsar at the time refused to follow Napoleons British blockade, Napoleon decided to go after Russia. This Russian campaign was poorly executed because the length and weather were underestimated. By the time they got to their capital, it was burnt down and abandoned. Russian’s had such fierce pride in their country that they would not take any chances with Napoleon and they burnt their own city down. He came back with less than half of his 600,000 men. Napoleon's ego was a danger to all of his troops, they were blinded by his tactics when he put their lives in danger only caring for himself. Although Napoleon knew that Russia was not a good place to attack especially during the cold winter, he would not risk his ego and overlook Russia. The Spanish wars were the same, he was outsmarted and left Spain as a loser with very little soldiers. N He also infused the idea of nationalism in this country and their love became too fierce. He fought against his own doings. The Spanish wars were the same, he was outsmarted and left Spain as a loser with very little
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