In some countries peasant and working classes relished the thought of Napoleon leading their country. After he took power the people started to feel oppressed and became unhappy when relatives of Napoleon’s became their Kings. The thing that topped it off was the fact that the Code Napoleon did not allow changes for the different countries. These facts prove without a doubt that Napoleon lied to his people so they would support him. While he was doing this lying he managed to kill off most of a generation of French, which left France behind in the Industrial Revolution, and turn the Republic that the revolution had fought for back into a Monarchy.
They resisted the continental system ? the system Napoleon set up ? based on Roman government, because it was cutting off their supply?s as it was aimed as destroying the British economy. Conflict broke out and Portugal violated the blockade against the British trade and Spain revolted against Napoleon?s brother?s rule. These small revolts resulted in guerrilla warfare ?
Other European countries, suspicious of their non-monarchical neighbor ruled by Napoleon, declared war against him. Napoleon at first seemed unstoppable when he defeated 6 coalitions that were formed against him. Soon after, however, he faced a series of key defeats that led to his downfall. The Spanish, whom had previously been his allies, revolted against him by using guerrilla warfare when he switched their monarch Ferdinand VII Napoleon’s brother Joseph Bonaparte. Napoleon’s naval power was stifled by the British navy, and he was finally beat June 18 1815 by the 7th coalition at the Battle of Waterloo.
Aware of the French peoples dissatisfaction with Louis XVII's rule, Napoleon returned to France in 1815. Napoleon marched toward Paris, going through areas in which he was popular, and King Louis fled the nation. Napoleon said that he wished to return in peace, but the allies prepared to push him out. Napoleon won several early victories against the rush of allied attackers, but was defeated for the last time at the battle of Waterloo. Fleeing back to Paris, Napoleon once again stepped down, and surrendered to the British ship Bellerophon.
Because of Napoleon’s errors, he exhausted France’s resources and reduced his allies. Because his political views destroyed France’s relationship with Europe, Napoleon had to over expand his forces to maintain control of Europe. At the end of his reign, Napoleon was left without support from anyone outside of France. However, he was still trying to claw back the power that he once had. “Believing as he did that what was good for Napoleon was good for France, and in turn good for conquered Europe as a whole, his wider Imperial vision became a natural extension of his personal dynastic ambition” (Napoleon Profiles in Power p.81).
He was not happy and wanted more power, so he went after the rest of Europe, but had settled with many treaties. Those treaties had put France at peace with all of Europe. Then in 1803, war broke out again in Europe, and Britain allied with the other countries of Europe to fight against France. "Napoleon brought those European countries to their knees and forced them to sign humiliating treaties, and now, Britain was the only country left not under Napoleon’s rule." One of Napoleon’s few bad campaigns was when he went into Russia, and instead of the Russians just letting the French capture them, they used guerrilla tactics and also the weather, to fight France.
When Napoleon won the battle against Egypt he suffered a disastrous setback at sea because the British fleet destroyed the French fleet in the battle of the Nile. After leaving the army in Egypt Napoleon returned to Paris. The French were not fully aware of the losses in Egypt and they welcomed him home as a hero. Once Napoleon returned he soon found out that many people were dissatisfied with the Directory. With the help of troops that were loyal to him, he and two directors overthrew the government in 1799.
The wars and ultimate defeat also put France in a crisis regarding foreign trade. All of these factors contributed in crippling France economically during and after the Napoleonic wars. The Napoleonic wars was an attempt for France to assert itself as a force to be reckoned with among Europe. However in doing this they were forced to substitute this new found nationalism with a non-existent economic system. Wherever Napoleon's campaigns took him he was forced to topple monarchies using the only way he knew how; force.
On November 1806, Napoleon put up a barrier (a great aggressive finishing of harbors) to avoid all communication and trade with European nations and Great Britain. Napoleon called this strategy the continental scheme, because it was invented to build continental Europe more independent. Napoleon also proposed it to demolish Great Britain’s industrial economy and commercial economy. Napoleons’ barrier was not rigidly sufficient, that they got helped by the British; smugglers administered to carry load from Britain into
Sadly, in 1814 Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba. Napoleon was exiled because his troops had been overpowered by Russians. Napoleon I conquered much of Europe, and continued being a leader after being exiled. Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, France. He was the fourth child of 11.