Napoleon Analysis _Hero to RevOo

Napoleon Analysis _Hero to RevOo - Morales Napoleon:...

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Morales Napoleon: Traitor to the Revolution “Liberté, Fraternité, Equalité” - this was the French Revolution's rallying cry, but did Napoleon Bonaparte grant the people of France, as well as the rest of Europe, these ideals? Indeed, he initially provided reforms that proved beneficial, but, ultimately, he betrayed the revolution, as verified by his monarchical reign, foreign policies, and domestic reforms. Despite his constitutions and reforms based on merit and quality, in practice, his reign was essentially a monarch. He took all decisions without consulting anyone and did not try to impose a constitutional monarchy. The constitution of 1802 had officially installed Napoleon as a lifelong dictator, and he later crowned himself Emperor of France ( Obstfeld 24). And during his reign, as if setting up a Napoleonic dynasty, he freely made his brothers, sisters, and son monarchs of conquered European territories: Napoleon François-Joseph Charles became the king of Rome, Louis, king of Holland; Jerome, king of Westphalia; Joseph, king of Spain; and Caroline, queen of Naples ( Dowd 55). Overall, the revolutionaries’ hopes for establishing a
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