Napoleon was well known for his temper some would compare him to an exploding volcano. He was a great military leader no doubt, but he wasn’t a good leader of France. He tried to evade other countries and take them over, of course this was apparently okay at the time, and he had the best army in the world, but he started so many wars with the countries around him. He seized power illegally, and crowned himself the emperor. He really didn’t care what other people thought of him.
Napoleon was a very controversial character in his time, some even say he had openly betrayed the revolution. Others say he was an egotistic maniac who abandoned thousands of Frenchmen at Egypt to pursue his own ambitions. Many opposed Napoleon and his outlooks, but the common person in France would soon have a change of heart, as Napoleon did marvelous wonders to the shattered nation of France. Napoleon believed that everyone is entitled to knowledge and education; and therefore he set out on a goal to change education from the old past system to the one we know today. Napoleons new educational system did wonders to the nation.
This is said to be the start of his downfall. The fall of Napoleon’s empire was caused by nationalism and his own greedy intentions. France was still dealing with poverty and the aftermath of the Radical Phase of the French Revolution. This was not the best time to France to expand, but during this time Napoleon was at the pinnacle of his power, and he began to extend himself too far, the first of his greedy intentions. Napoleon’s problems were not just condensed in one area; they were spread out over the world... ... middle of paper ... ...leon deserted what was left of his army and rushed back to Paris when he heard of this.
The people of France had been under the rule of an absolute monarch for a long time, so it took a perfect climate of political unrest and the confluence of numerous factors to start the French Revolution. The French Revolution took place in the ideal political, economic, and intellectual climate for a revolution. Short Term Causes Louis XVI had created a large amount of debt through bad tax collection practices and funding american revolution. Bad tax practices included not taxing nobles, which put all of financial burden of France on the middle and lower classes. These classes weren’t able to support the high costs of running a nation in addition to supporting a foreign war that brought no tangible benefit to France.
Thomas Paine’s influence through the writing of his pamphlets changed the world, particularly the United States of America and France forever. President John Adams said “I know not, whether any man in the world has had more influence on its inhabitants or affairs for the last thirty years than Thomas Paine” (Schlereth np). Paine wrote his most influential piece, “Common Sense,” where he inspired the American colonies to rebel against the British. He was widely praised in the new America as shown by President Adams. Speaking from personal experience, Paine poured out his hatred for the British denying the deep seeded respect that exists within him.
Napoleon Bonaparte One of the most brilliant individuals in history, Napoleon Bonaparte was a masterful soldier, and a superb administrator. He was also utterly ruthless, a dictator and, later in his career, thought he could do no wrong. Not a Frenchman by birth, Napoleon Bonaparte was born at Ajaccio on Corsica only just sold to France by the Italian state of Genoa on August 15, 1769.He attended French at the school of Autun and later the military academy at Brienne. He never fully mastered French and his spelling left a lot to be desired. The revolutionary fever that was spreading when Bonaparte was a teenager allowed a talented individual the opportunity to rise far beyond what could have been achieved only a few years previously.
When Napoleon was just 10 years old, his father helped to get him a mathematical scholarship to a military school at Brienne. In the school, Napoleon was hated and considered a foreigner. With no friends, Napoleon concentrated on academics, but still only graduated 42nd in us class of 58. he then continued his education at the Military academy of Paris. After one year there, he became second Lieutenant of artillery, at the age of 17. As a Lieutenant, Napoleon did a lot of reading, mainly in the subjects of history, geography, economic affairs, and philosophy.
Napoleon seems as the greatest emperor in the world. However, Napoleon was only concerned on his greed and ambition, which made questionable political decision and poor military decisions, changing him as an outcast. Having the highest spot in Europe, Napoleon changed to be arrogant and be rude himself. He was being not only traitor who lead a revolt against French Parliament but also the emperor who took that place himself. Caring only France, Napoleon was considered as a cruel tyrant to peoples of other countries.
He did in fact ride a wave of opportunity available in France during the Revolution. If anything Napoleon embodied the ideology of an opportunist who was swift not only in his military tactics, but also in his political moves. His defeat rested in the failure of his army, which is never a lasting structure to solely rely on.
Finally, Napoleon failed to assess the battle continuously and accurately which kept him from adapting when necessary. After a hard fought battle at Waterloo, Napoleon was defeated. Napoleon established himself as the leader of France and ambitiously worked to make France the most powerful country in Europe. In 1799, Bonaparte carried out a coup on the First Republic of France government and installed himself as the ruler and first Consul.1 Eventually, he would go on to make this a lifetime position and even establish himself as the first Emperor of France. Britain and its Allied forces of Dutch, Belgian, German, and Prussian soldiers recognized Napoleon's growing strength and declared war on France, in 1803.