Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte was born in 1769 in Corsica about a year and a half after its attachment to France. He came from a noble family. His father, a solicitor by profession, was against the French occupation of Corsica.

Since at age of nine Napoleon was enrolled in college in France, where was instructed and was educated under the French system, however, that did not change in his Corsican temperament. Five years taught at the military college in Brien, then a year at the Military Academy in Paris. At age sixteen graduated from the Academy among the most successful in the class and was awarded with the degree of artillery Sub-lieutenant. Continued to read and deal with a lot of intensity and more specifically with the materials of the areas of strategy and tactics. At that time the riots began which later became the French Revolution. He as a fan of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Voltaire, believed that political changes were necessary, but had not very clear what changes should be, because he was not familiar with the sufferings of workers. As a Sub-lieutenant he offered himself to Jacobins and for a short time became their leader. Explicitly legislated against nobles, monks and the archbishops.

In 1792 the party of his father, then under the rule of Corsican dictator Paoli, was preparing to separate Corsica from France, which was opposed by Napoleon vigorously, he mobilized the Corsicans Jacobins and occupied island of St. Stephen, so that started the civil war in Corsica. After his father 's death, at age sixteen, Napoleon took all precautions and duties towards his mother and family members. When the revolution began he was only a low grade officer but educated. “The French Revolution offered several opportunities to prove his skills, notably during the 1793 siege of Toulon, but an oft-cited letter of 1795 to his brother Joseph again reveals that be felt 'little attached to life ', finding himself as though



Cited: The American Historical Review , Vol. 53, No. 3 (Apr., 1948), pp. 465-480 Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of the American Historical Association

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