Napoleon Bonaparte: Change And Change In France

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REFORMED FRANCE AND EUROPE:
THE INFLUENCE OF NAPOLEON BONAPARTE

Napoleon Bonaparte, a French military leader, was a powerful personality that emerged after the French Revolution erupted in 1789. It was during this time of European chaos when he rose into military leadership and seized political power in France in an event known as the coup of 18 Brumaire (___). It was in 1804 when he crowned himself emperor and expanded his empire by waging wars across Europe that led to massive bloodshed. Though his leadership may be described as filled with contradicting philosophical and political objectives, we can attribute to him significant modern-day government systems. This paper focuses on exploring the several reforms that Napoleon implemented, and how the reform reshaped France and the whole of European continent.

Program of Reforms
Napoleon is one of the most celebrated personages in the Western history. According to Godechot, he was the one who “revolutionized military organization and training, sponsored the Napoleonic Code, the prototype of later civil-law codes, reorganized education, and established the long-lived Concordat with the papacy” (1). All these left a lasting mark on France and much of western Europe.

Revolutionizing Military Organization
Napoleon is considered as one of the military geniuses of all time as he was able to revolutionize the art of war with tactics and strategy based on a highly mobile army with an overwhelming number of groups of men
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