Napoleon Bonaparte

Napoleon Bonaparte

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Napoleon Bonaparte (Napoleone di Buonaparte) was probably one of the most famous Frenchmen in history although he was not born in France he was born on the 15th of August in 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica. He decided to peruse a military career when he was only a child and was awarded a scholarship to a French military academy when he was only 14. In 1796 he was made commander of the French army in Italy. It was there where he forced Austria and its allies to make peace. Once Austria and Russia had allied with Britain napoleon returned to Paris where the government was in crisis. Napoleon became first counsel on 1799 for live and two years later on became emperor in 1802. In 1800 napoleon defeated the Austrians at Marengo and then negotiated a European peace witch established French power over the continent. Later in 1803 Britain resumed war with France and Russia and Austria joined in later. Napoleon abandoned his plans in 1805 of invading England because Britain inflicted a naval defeat on the French at Trafalgar. After napoleon turned on the Austro-Russian forces and defeating them at Austerlitz he gained much territory. Some of the territory included annexation of Prussian lands, which gave him control of Europe. Those are only some of napoleons accomplishments.

Although napoleon was one of the greatest military commanders in known history he was also portrayed as a power hungry conquerer. He denied that however, and argued that he was only creating a federation free people in Europe united under a liberal government. He intended on achieving this with an iron fist and taking it into his own hands. Napoleon settled constitutions, eliminated feudalism, created efficient governments, introduced law codes and encouraged education, science, literature and the arts in the states he formed.

One of napoleons civil administrative achievements was his supervision of the revision and collection of French law codes. The new law codes included some of the freedoms the...

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