Despite the efforts of the French Revolution to rid the country of an autocratic ruler, Bonaparte came to power as Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte I in 1804. He claimed that he preserved the goals of the Revolution, which can be easily argued as his rule became more dictatorial as it progressed. Despite his departure from some of the gains of the Revolution, he overall was a hero for the French people. Through his military ventures, political changes and social reform, Napoleon proved himself as a hero. This is not to say that there were aspects of his reign that were tyrannical, but he was overall beneficial for France.
Economically, he forged France's economy out from the fire of revolution. Napoleon recognized that economic reform was essential to increase employment and restore confidence in the government's ability to foster economic growth. In 1800 he established the Bank of France. Modeled after the Bank of England, it was used to promote industry. As a result, the franc became the most stable currency in Europe.
But, even though how great this person was, something about how he governed France still floats among people's minds. Did he abuse his power? Did Napoleon defeat the purpose of the ideals of the French Revolution? After all of his success in his military campaigns, did he gratify the people's needs regarding their ideals on the French Revolution? This is one of the many controversies that we have to deal with when studying Napoleon and the French Revolution.
In his entirety as a ruler, Napoleon did more to help the French people than to hurt them. For these reasons Napoleon was the savior of the French Revolution: he transformed his power and strength into benefits towards his people, creating and bringing the change France needed during and after the Revolution to help its people.
An integral portion of Napoleons policies and personal success rely heavily on the incorporation of meritocratic rule. No doubt his belief in earned positions and status come as a consequence of his own career and interactions with the French military system. Without these policies ... ... middle of paper ... ...ed success through governmental reform, Napoleons rule also included the use of propaganda, censorship, and opposition repression. Napoleons final tier of success was his time as emperor. During this time Napoleons priorities seem to shift from the organization and creation of his empire to the preservation of it.
He believed that allowing political freedom would end with a state of anarchy. He believed that he could solve these problems by acting in favor of the people’s interests as an enlightened desp... ... middle of paper ... ...ig concepts, such as equality before the law, but he also did what would benefit his country. It is important to understand that since France had just exited a revolution, it was pretty fragile; one big mistake and France might have ended up in another one. Napoleon was not only a child of both the French Revolution and the Enlightenment, he was also a very intelligent person. His cunning and his wits led him to be one of the greatest, if not the greatest enlightened despot of all time.
Battle of Austerlitz which is widely regarded as a greatest victory of Napoleon is being taught at military academies. About that Harvey affirms that “French republic is being rescued from military collapse by wonderful genius of Napoleon who baffles all reasonable calculations.”(31)Such impossible victories almost gave Napoleon the permanent control of Europe. Without doubt Napoleon’s leadership is greatly reinforced by his persistence and intelligence.
Guidance to Freedom or Just Another Tyrant? When most people think of Napoleon Bonaparte they think of either a tyrant emperor or a brilliant war strategist. Maybe both are right but in whatever conclusion any person comes to, they will know he was a small man who accomplished many great things. Napoleon conquered countries and developed a mass empire, which led to his celebrity like fame. He was a man that respected cultures and every religion and even cried when his men died on the battlefield.
He created a legendary domestic system that modified French society and is still used today, his warfare experience and keen sense of tactics revolutionized military then and for years to come and led France to become a dominant nation in the world, and lastly through his many contributions he created a sense of nationalism and identity nothing like the French had ever had before, all of these accomplishments not only bettering France but the world. After the Revolution, the French were left with many damages in their economy and culture that would seemingly be near impossible to fix. However, Napoleon created the perfect sy...
Napoleon Bonaparte is remembered for his military successes around the world, but is rarely regarded for his great success of reforming France in his short 11 year reign. But Napoleon did more than just have a strong military career. Napoleon Bonaparte reformed France into a country that had values and policies that were ahead of its century. Napoleon is prestige remembered for being a little vicious military genius and strategist. His military success led him to travelling all around the world beating uncanny odds and striking fear into his enemies’ eyes.