HST112 First PAPER

HST112 First PAPER - Nicolas Canel HST 112 Instructor...

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Nicolas Canel HST 112 2/14/11 Instructor: Michael Ebner HISTORY 112 PAPER #1 Question #2 How should history judge Napoleon Bonaparte? Did he preserve or destroy the ideals of the French Revolution? In answering this question, you must examine the figure of Napoleon, his domestic policies, his foreign policies, and the consequences of his wars. Whatever your conclusion, you should examine both the positive and negative aspects of his rule. Use assigned primary and secondary sources to support your answer (Sieyes, the Declaration , readings on Napoleon, Jakob Walter). Napoleon Bonaparte was a figure in history unlike many before him. He was the foundation of something much larger than him. His ideals were in some ways very radical for his time. He in many ways preserved the ideals of the French Revolution, however, this may be because those very ideals, where the ones he found he could use to gain power. Napoleon Bonaparte had unique domestic policies, foreign policies, and ways in combat. He was a great figure in history that had a very large impact on it and he should be judged by history accordingly. Napoleon should be judged in his time era. When judging, it needs to be in context. This allows for an accurate judgment of the subject. Napoleon had perfect timing. There was tons of room at the top of society and upper class since many upper members were killed or fled France. He was ¼ nobility, and in the Ancien Regime the military was closed off to only those of nobility, however, you needed to be more than ¼ nobility to make it far. During the French Revolution, the military began to open up and ranking became based off of how well you did your job.
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He was arrogant and not liked by his classmates. He was, however, very determined. He went to military school, and flew through the ranks and became a general in 1796 (Lecture 1/31/11). He was extremely driven during battle and always used force. Napoleon Bonaparte had a way of waging war and fighting battles in a way that hadn’t
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