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
Sarah Hussey Ms. Bell Social Studies 9B March 12, 2018 First Draft “They wanted me to be another George Washington” – Napoleon. This was a quote was said by Napoleon Bonaparte, himself. Napoleon intentionally conceded to the fact that he had betrayed the goals of the French Revolution. The values of the French Revolution were Liberty, Equality and Fraternity. Liberty of the people, in other words, the freedom of the people was extremely important to the French Revolution.
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. People that were more poor, got a chance to earn more money. Another enlightenment idea that he supported was education and art, and he built free public schools so all children were able to get educated. Some might argue that he crowned himself king and his brother King of Spain, which means that he did not get rid of the monarchy even though that was one of the main ideas during Enlightenment. But Napoleon had plebiscites, people that were allowed to vote, and
Document C explains that Napoleon believed in better education for France and thought better education would help create a stronger military. Napoleon Bonaparte was a hero for France because he believed in better education for the people of France, he wanted to get rid of the tyrants of other countries to better the lives of people under their rule, and people had civil rights, which they didn’t have prior to his reign as
Ideas that were formed by the enlightenment philosophers were used in the new government. The French, however, did not make significant progress toward ending absolutism and instead were subject to another absolute ruler immediately after the revolution. After the French revolution, Napoleon Bonaparte became emperor. In this role, Bonaparte had absolute power over France. But some traces of progress were seen, as Bonaparte created a fairer tax system, new schools and a new set of laws (some still in place over 200 years
Napoleon gained advantagement from a situation where the french government ran out of money and in inflation. Taxation and unemployment were at a high rate also. There was a fear in France that a jacobian resurgence or best people would come. Napoleon was a strong military general who always won in battle.
Napoleonic Rule The late 1700’s was a time of great discontent in France. The people of France revolted against their government in an attempt to gain power in political decision making. In this time, France experienced many forms of governments as the people fought for change. It was during the 1790’s that Napoleon Bonaparte became known to the people as a strong military leader.
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.
In 1789, France was precariously balanced on the edge of chaos. King Louis XVI was ruling monarch of France. King Louis’ youth depicted him as reckless, thoughtless, and unwise. A series of bad financial and political decisions, lead to his unpopularity among the people of France. King Louis was young, distracted and misguided. He did make several bad decisions that endangered France and contributed to the beginning of the French Revolution. However, he is not entirely to blame due to several other highly contributing factors.
Napoleon rooted out corruption, the downside of this France was always at war. Napoleon fought for land and France never stopped warring he wanted to take over Brittan, but it was just out of reach for him. So, he tried to invade Russia with six thousand men, Russia retreated but while burning Frances crops as they left, with this loss to Napoleon he slowly fell off his pedestal as
Arianna Paulin Mr. Bonnet World History II, French Revolution 27th of October, 2017 Through His Actions and Policies, To What Extent was King Louis the XVI Responsible for the French Revolution? Introduction Paragraph Between the years of 1785 and 1793, the French society was on the verge of collapsing. There was poverty and famine roaming the streets, making it nearly impossible to survive given the ridiculously high and unjust taxing system.
Katherine Rolfe Trinityhouse High School Little Falls Grade 12 ORT History Research Proposal Mentor: Mr Smith How was France primed for a revolution during Louis XVI’s reign in 1789? 3 November 2017 Research Hypothesis Due to the poverty rate at this time, the King Louis XVI’s inexperience with leading, the ideas of the Renaissance and food shortages, France was primed for a revolution in 1789 Motivation I studied the French Revolution in grade 10. It was one of my favourite sections that I 've studied but I was always curious about why it occurred at that specific moment in time when France had never known anything other than a monarchy. The revolution was so impactful because although it did not demolish dictatorship in France completely, with Napoleon rising to power in later years, it drastically changed the way French people lived and dramatically influenced the world .
The French ruler’s reforms benefited the average French citizen greatly both economically and socially. PhD holder Ben Weider highlights some of these benefits in his article about Napoleon. He mentions that “the income of the French peasants skyrocketed” due to the establishment of the Bank of France and the French stock exchange. He also mentions the Code Napoleon, which put equality before law.
Napoleon joined the army of the new government when the revolution broke out. He had to defend the delegates from the rebels that was marching through. So Napoleon came up with the plan to set up a line on cannons and shoot them all down. So those that lived and realized what was going on ran and fled. Napoleon became the hero of the hour and the saviour of the French republic.