World History – 104
27 September 2013
The Rise and Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon Bonaparte, the second of eleven children, was born in August of 1769 on a French island named Corsica. Being born into a gentry family, this made Bonaparte’s success rate very high. Growing up Bonaparte could not speak fluent French. As he entered school at the age of ten, it was a struggle for him because other students referred to Bonaparte as an “outsider” due to his background. His French had gotten better as he continued in school and he also received great education at the College of Brienne. Bonaparte later became a French military leader and a political leader.
France was in a war before Bonaparte became involved. This war was a war between each where no one could come to an agreement. May of 1798 Napoleon had an army of 35,000 me to invade Egypt. Bonaparte only took a few losses during this time. In the end, all of lower Egypt was in Napoleon’s full control. In 1800 Napoleon Bonaparte was looked at as a tremendous strategist and was made the first consul of France. This gave Bonaparte total power. What led to this was the fact that Napoleon collaborated with coup d’état (sudden deposition of a government) overthrowing the Directory and establishing the Consulate. Over the years Napoleon Bonaparte had participated in a lot of wars where he lost very little of them.
There were reforms that fell under Bonaparte’s rule like the Legion of Honor. This reform recognized military and civilians alike for their bravery and/or honorable service. Another reform was the equality of all in the eyes of the law. Freedom of religion was another one as well. The most important reform though was the Napoleonic Code. This code was designed specifically to reform the French legal system according to the principles and forbade privileges based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and specified that government jobs should go to the most qualified....
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