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Two Viewpoints: Napoleon Read the "Viewpoints" & answer the following questions. Napoleon was a hero to many people in France, but others saw him as a tyrant. One writer who bitterly opposed him - and was exiled from France - was Madame Germaine de Stael (1766- 1817). Napoleon’s soldiers, on the other hand, admired him, as the speech made by one of his officers on Napoleon’s return to Paris in 1815 shows. Viewpoint 1 - Madame de Stael: What particularly characterizes Bonaparte’s government is his profound contempt for all the intellectual riches of human nature: virtue, dignity, religion, enthusiasm; in his eyes they are “the eternal enemies of the continent,” to use his favorite expression. He would like to persuade men by force and by cunning, and he considers all else to be stupidity or folly . . . I do not believe that when Bonaparte became head of government he had yet formulated the plan for a universal monarchy, but I do believe what he himself said to one of my friends, a few days after the 18 Brumaire (the date Napoleon overthrew the Directory). “It it necessary,” he
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