Ib Internal Assessment How Napoleon Encouraged Social Stability in France

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A.Plan of the Investigation

To what extent did Napoleon’s policies encourage social stability in France during his reign between 1799 and 1812? Between 1799 and 1812, Napoleon encouraged social stability to a large extent in France by overhauling the legal system with policies such as the Napoleonic Code, instituting economic management and organizing and reestablishing the educational system. The purpose of this investigation is to assess the success of policies Napoleon implemented and how these policies encouraged social stability. Social stability is defined as a lack of civil unrest in society and an establishment of a coherent social structure and ideals. This assessment will outline Napoleon’s aims and their success in encouraging social stability. Methods to be used in this investigation include obtaining information from libaray books. Credibility of sources will be evaluated by reading about the author (usually provided at the end of the book). Generally, authors who attended universities and majored in topics such as European history and especially in Napoleonic history will be the most credible. Two sources to be used in this investigation are France Under Napoleon and France 1789 – 1825 Revolution and Counterrevolution. These books will be evaluated concerning their origin, purpose, value and limitations.

B.Summary of Evidence

Between 1799 and 1812, Napoleon encouraged social stability to a large extent in France by overhauling the legal system with policies such as the Napoleonic Code, instituting economic management and organizing and reestablishing the educational system. Generally, Germanic law took precedence in the north and Roman law dominated the south. A mixture of regional codes and royal decrees existed. Over the decades, new laws were made while old laws remained. Consequently, many of these laws contradicted one another. Prior to Napoleon assuming the role of Emperor, France had not experienced centralized laws (Markham,...
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