Napoleon was a graduate from military school and was immediately given command of a French Regiment. After leading his men in several pivotal battles in the French Revolution, he was considered a hero by a majority of the French. Along with several high-ranking French officials, he successfully completes a coup d'état, or overthrow, of the Directory. Napoleon named himself "First Consul" for ten years; but after rewriting the Constitution, he established his power indefinitely. Napoleon devised a series of wars to overthrow European governments. When the French overthrew a government, they quickly established a new one; the locals were treated fairly, and the objective was to have one unified government in Europe.
Gradually, nations began to withdraw from Napoleon's unified Europe. Napoleon was forced to retreat from his empire back into France. The nations that were once under Napoleon's rule had bowed out of the French Empire, and began revolting against Napoleon and his men. The Allied Countries turned on the French Empire, and acquired Napoleon's unconditional surrender. Napoleon's surrender prompted the signing of the Treaty of Fontainebleau, which included his exile to Elba, a small island in the Mediterranean Sea. Napoleon spent a short amount of time in Elba before he was named the "Emperor" of the island. He created a small military and attempted to improve the economy of the land, but did not spend much time on the island.
Napoleon escaped less than a year after his exile, and returned to France. Napoleon returned to the mainland and was immediately met by a French regiment. He told them, "Here I am. Kill your Emperor, if you wish." They did not, and instead marched him to Paris to reclaim his throne. Receiving wor...
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...nt in their life down to their lowest point, and even their deaths. Pride and greed brought down two significant characters from literature, as well as Napoleon in early nineteenth century, showing that the fatal flaws are timeless.
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