Napoleon And Tone Analysis

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Evaluate the role played by Leadership in the Democratic Revolutions, discussing Napoleon and Tone. Leadership is one of the most important factors in a Democratic Revolution, without a leader the rebellions have very little power and therefore have very little chance in there being a revolution in the first place. Thus an important asset that the leader must have is power. Napoleon Bonaparte was born into a family of Italian noble ancestry and was well educated hence why he was able to be taken seriously by those already in power. Wolfe Tone on the other hand was born to Protestant parents whose father had a respectable job and Tone was “brought up in a family accustomed to such middle-class comforts as servants.” (Elliot, 1989). He was also from an educated background. Therefore it is clear to see that although he was…show more content…
However it is one thing to argue this is the case and another thing to actually do something about it, Tone was able to set this ball rolling. For a start ‘Tone discovered the answer [to why Irish political life remained as corrupt, unfree and unrepresentative after 1782 as before] in “the disunion of the Irishmen” and Protestant fears of sharing political power with the Catholic majority.’ (Elliot, 1989). Also once Tone was exiled he still acted as a republican agent abroad both in America (1796-1798) and in France, upon where he attained the rank of adjutant-general in the French

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