In November 1799, in an event known as the coup of 18 Brumaire, Napoleon was part of a group that successfully overthrew the French Directory. The Directory was replaced with a Consulate, and Napoleon became one of them, making him France’s leading political figure. In June 1800, at the Battle of Marengo, Napoleon defeated one of France’s enemies, the Austrians, and drove them out of Italy. The victory helped Napoleon’s power as a leader. Additionally, with the Treaty of Amiens in 1802, the British agreed to have peace with the French.
Napoleon Bonaparte is a highly debated figure in academic circles pertaining to if he was a tyrant or a good leader. The knowledge most commonly associated with Napoleon paints him as an intelligent, successful military leader and emperor of France. As stated by Napoleon "history is a set of lies agreed upon". Which I find to be a very truthful and appropriate statement from a man whose history is concealed in lies. This essay will be discussing how Napoleon Bonaparte was indeed a tyrant. Which is defined as a cruel and oppressive ruler? He was indeed a cruel and oppressive rule to the French people and how his tyranny affected a majority of Europe.
Napoleon Op ed: The Tyrant What defines a hero, what defines a tyrant? Napoleon Bonaparte was a ruler of the French shortly after they rebelled against their king for being a weak and greedy ruler. Napoleon joined the military at a very young age and rose quickly through the ranks. Later in his life he fought in favor of the revolution and took dictatorship afterwards. Some might misinterpret Napoleon as a hero but when analyzing correctly, he is clearly a tyrant.
On the other hand, in France, members of the Third Estate led a revolt against the monarchy in hopes that by overthrowing the monarchy, they would be granted a constitution and a new assembly would be created with delegates of the Third Estate. Although the radicals were successful and a National Assembly was created, there were still problems. The worsening economic issues had not been solved and many citizens did not gain any rights. When the Revolution took a radical turn in 1792, the French Republic was formed. Finally, in 1799, after the end of the Reign of Terror in which the monarchy and its allies were executed, the French Revolution came to an end, with Napoleon gaining power over France.
Napoleon Bonaparte is a controversial figure in history, while some argue that he was a tyrant, others would say that he was a saviour of the French people, and a spreader of secular values. Regardless of one’s opinion, we mustn't neglect the many accomplishments he achieved throughout his reign as Emperor of France. As a young man, Napoleon joined a military academy, where he grew fascinated by famous figures like Julius Caesar, Hannibal Barca, and especially Alexander the Great. With the eruption of the French Revolution, Napoleon was quickly able to rise up through the ranks, eventually leading the French people to a victory over the monarchy, and later, the tyrants of the Reign of Terror. During his reign, he maintained his belief in the ideals of the revolution, which form the current national motto
Born in Corsica, in 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was trained in France to be an engineer and military man. He rose from second lieutenant in the army to general in command for France and Egypt. In 1804 he had crowned himself Emperor of France, and continued war with Britain. His intention was to conquered all of Europe. The wars were named the Napoleonic Wars, and involved Britain, France, Austria, Prussia, and Russia, with France fighting against Britain and everybody else fighting against France. All European ports under the command of Napoleon were closed because of the fear of invasion. Because of this, the Spanish-American trade cut-off made America rely on Britain all the more. America hated this, and started the tries to become independent, which was one of the reasons for the War of 1812.
Following the Reign of Terror, France was ruled by a corrupt five-man governing body called the Directory, which was overthrown by Napoleon Bonaparte through a coup d’état. Napoleon, a military general, rose to power through a series of military conquests and eventually became the First Consul of the French Republic. The French people viewed Napoleon favorably, as his military and political genius would likely lead to the creation of a prosperous and united France. Moreover, they believed that he would uphold the ideas they had fought for during the French Revolution: liberty, equality, and fraternity. While Napoleon stabilized and united French society by supporting the liberty of his people and ensuring equality of opportunity in education
SECTION I: Alexander III of Macedon who is also known as Alexander the Great. He was born in July of 356 BC to Queen Olympias and King Phillip II of Macedon. As a young child Alexander the Great was tutored by the famous Greek philosopher, Aristotle. At a very young age he aided in the Battle of Chaeronea alongside his father. Also, at a young age his father King Phillip II of Macedon, Alexander’s father, was assassinated and subsequently died. Alexander became king of Corinthian League by eliminating his enemies. Alexander’s ego and reputation was very important to him. He inherited one of the largest empires by battling and over taking other kingdoms. He used his honorable position to launch a project his father had previously planned. The plan was called “Panhellenic project” and it was to lead the Greeks on a conquest to rule all of the land including Persia. He invaded the Achaemenid Empire in 334 BC,
Then how could American Revolution accomplished more than French revolution? This is because, unlike French, Americans fought against the Great Britain to defend, preserve and return their natural (traditional) rights, which were originally theirs before the Great Britain colonized the land. On the other hand, French tried to change their already stabled government into government based on equality, liberty and fraternity, which is not existed at first (also called abstraction). Therefore it might be not as easy as change not stabled government into stabled
Before Napoleon became emperor, France was in a post-revolutionary state after a series of civil wars. Napoleon Bonaparte’s accomplishments were achieved inside and outside of France. Napoleon’s political feats were achieved by having superior military leadership. Napoleons leadership of France ended up turning tables in many different areas from gaining economic stability to establishing an agreement with Pope Pius VII of the Roman Catholic Church. The greatest achievements that made the years 1801-1805 the height of Napoleons political career were the Concordat, the Napoleonic Code, and the reformation of French economy.
Jefferson finds out that Spain and France had made a treaty and Jefferson wants to talk with Napoleon. Jefferson wants to tell Napoleon that there are solutions to his problem that doesn 't involve war. French troops were arriving by the thousands, while President Jefferson was sending letters to James Madison which one was leaked and Napoleon was able to read. The letter read that if Napoleon takes over New Orleans then that the US would make an alliance with the British. Jefferson was scared of the British
Napoleon spread enlightenment ideas that benefited the people in France. He created the Napoleonic code, which was basically the first written document of laws. That meant that the judge could not change anything, but the laws applied to all citizens equally and protected their rights. He gave people religious tolerance, which means people had religious freedom. He also created a system of meritocracy, giving positions based on people's talents and not to the ones that are higher classes.
With Enlightenment ideals circulating the expanding media, a first peaceful, then violent, revolution took place in France in which the growing bourgeois, or middle class, displaced the aristocracy. From the conflict rose an aggressive and militarily brilliant leader, Napoleon Bonaparte, whose nationalism fueled army conquered much of Europe, creating a massive dictatorship. Inspired by the revolution, French colonies, most notably Haiti, began to rebel and drive for their own independence and homeland sovereignty. Embroiled with the revolutions as well as the costly and monotonous war in Europe, the strategic Bonaparte abandoned his vision of a French overseas empire on the North American continent by selling the massive Louisiana territory
France at this time did not consider it a great loss as it was expensive maintain and the Louisiana Territory was nothing more than a swamp that did not yield much benefit. When Napoleon Bonaparte seized control of France in 1799 he looked for world domination. One of the areas on his mind was to retake the Louisiana Territory from Spain. In a secret negotiation and deal with Spain, France re-acquired the Louisiana Territory in 1800. Relatively, the Louisiana Purchase included 828 million