Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte - The Controversies of Napoleon...

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The Controversies of Napoleon Bonaparte Throughout the years, so much tedious thought has been put into Revolutionary ideals of Napoleon Bonaparte. Sides have been taken justifying many of his horrific deeds, or to condemn him and his actions. Like most men of high stature and power in the political world, Napoleon Bonaparte had a unique personality. A personality that drove many questions about his intentions on the throne. Questions that have been raised regarding Napoleon’s attitude towards the French revolution. When we think of this complex mind, we often compare him to other important leaders/ revolutionaries such as Alexander, Charlemagne, Peter the Great, or even Hitler. These are all leaders that have raised controversies as to whether or not their role led a positive or negative impact on the world. While some people clearly view these leaders as a positive or negative impact to our world, their footprints created an entirely different environment that sculpted the world we live in today. There is no way anyone can argue that the French Revolution did not create Napoleon Bonaparte. Napoleon rose from the chaos of the revolution, and brought the much longed for tranquility of the libertarian ideals. He had
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done this through the establishment of several institutions that stood for and represented the same ideals the revolution stood for. To the people, Napoleon’s reign and initiation of the institutions stood for the instilment of the ideals of the revolution. But what were Napoleon’s true intentions for initiating the ethics of the revolution? It is also evident that the policies Napoleon created contradicted the same principles he created through the institutions that stood for a new regime. It is therefore possible to assume that Napoleon used the power of the revolution to fuel and power his reign as a dictator. Was Napoleon betraying the revolution and the ideals it stood for, or was he merely a pragmatist? A pragmatist who understood that in order to fulfill the ideals of the revolution, he needed to sacrifice many of its principles in order to consolidate the revolution’s achievements?
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This note was uploaded on 04/07/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Wormer during the Spring '08 term at Rochester.

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