Napoleon Bonaparte: a Revolutionary Genius

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Throughout history there has been much discourse of the status of Napoleon as a great leader; some argue that he was a power hungry tyrant, others that he was a revolutionary genius. Although debateable, evidence such as his success in spreading French Revolutionary ideas like democracy and equality, with worth based off of merit not birth, the establishment of the Code Napoleon, which is partially still in use today in France, Quebec, and parts of the United States, and restoring, order within France by stabilizing the economy, and revamping the French Education System. In addition, The Napoleonic wars had a large impact on industrialization in Europe as a result of realizations and actions taken to better their countries after the Napoleonic wars. Napoleon proved to be a formidable leader and a revolutionary genius. Napoleon was one of the greatest military commanders in history, although he also had been portrayed as a power hungry conqueror. He argued that he was building a federation of free peoples in a Europe united under a liberal government. However, if this was his goal, he intended to achieve it by taking power in his own hands. Although, in the states he created, Napoleon granted constitutions, introduced law codes, abolished feudalism, and created efficient governments and fostered education, science, literature and the arts. Napoleon proved to be an excellent civil administrator. One of his greatest achievements was his supervision of the revision and collection of French law into codes. The new law codes, seven in number, incorporated some of the freedoms gained by the people of France during the French revolution, including religious toleration and the abolition of serfdom. The most famous of the codes, the Code Napoleon or Code Civil, still forms the basis of French civil law. Napoleon also centralized France's government by appointing prefects to administer regions called departments, into which France was divided. The longest lasting effect...
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