Military Leadership: Napoleon Bonaparte And The French Revolution

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Napoleon Bonaparte, a significant historical leader and dominant military general, is seen as the reviver of France after the initiation of the French Revolution in 1789. Napoleon Bonaparte was born August 15th, 1769 in Ajaccio, on the Mediterranean island of Corsica. At a young age Napoleon attended the military college of Brienne where he studied for 5 years, and his military interests were nurtured from a young age. Later on in 1785, Napoleon returned to Corsica for the death of his father Carlo Bonaparte. After pursuing his military passion, in 1791 Napoleon was appointed lieutenant of the fourth regiment of artillery and adopted an authoritarian role in the army. Napoleon’s vigorous ambitions facilitated his influence and prolonged …show more content…
Napoleon’s exceptional political skills soon created the position of the first consul that amounted to a dictatorship. Napoleon was the first to ever fulfill the first consul’s duties, and in February 1800 a new constitution was accepted. Under his administration, Napoleon developed a more centralized government, he improved relations between the pope and the regime, and he established reforms in banking and education. Additionally Napoleon instituted the Napoleonic Code, which forbade privileges, based on birth, allowed freedom of religion, and stated that the government jobs should be given to the people who were qualified. Napoleons reform became remarkably recognized and he was soon elected as consul from life in 1802 . However two years later, he was proclaimed as emperor of France.

Napoleon’s negotiation of peace with Europe terminated shortly after three years. Due to this event France returned to war with Britain, Russia, and Austria. Due to the British naval victory over France, Napoleon decided to withdraw his plans to invade England. As an alternative he decided to declare wars on both the Austrian and Russian military armies. Many victories followed his reign, and he expanded the French empire tremendously. These triumphs paved the way for loyalist to be installed in his government in Holland, Italy, Naples, Sweden,
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In March 1815, he decided to escape the island of Elba, and make a quick return to Paris where he triumphantly returned to power. Once Napoleon recurred to power he immediately led his country back to the battlefields. His troops conquered Belgium and defeated the Prussian Army on June 16, 1815. After his attempts to make France a great nation again, death fell upon him leading him to give up his position as dominant military leader. Napoleon had a great impact on France’s growth as a nation, and influenced it with his successful military tactics, impressive leading skills, and his efficient government. Napoleon’s triumph changed France’s future by helping society, way of living, and political order. France became an independent country and a vigorous empire in merit of his significant rule.
Napoleon is still remembered and appreciated to this day as an important revolutionary ruler that made France exceptional once

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