Napoleon Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… In 1804, he implemented Code Napoleon, officially know as the civil code of 1804. This code provided for a single legal system for France, equality before the law and careers open to talent. It also granted freedom of religion, abolished serfdom and secularized the state. However, on the less liberal side of the spectrum, workers were denied collective bargaining (Negotiation between workers and their employers to determine wages, hours, rules, and working conditions.), trade unions were outlawed and a system of labor passports was instituted. His incentive for this side of the code was probably to limit political freedom. The code also robbed the women of many of their social and legal gains accomplished during the French Revolution. Women now had to ask for the approval of a man (most likely their husband) before they could do just about anything and divorce was much harder for a woman to get. In other words, they were treated like dirt …show more content…
Napoleon definitely wanted to establish a state system of public education. This would mean that schools would be managed and run by the state instead of the church and the education would be paid for by the state. This would allow him a better selection of future officials to choose from; the secular curriculum would make sure of that. Education would also teach the young obedience and authority, both were high points for Napoleon. The University of France was eventually created by Napoleon as a board of education that ensured state control of education. However, again on the non-liberal side of things, women did not require an education, they only required religion.
     The economy was yet another reasonably important topic for Napoleon, as the French Revolution was partly caused by poor economy. To ensure that the French economy would please the people, Napoleon made sure that careers were open to men of talent (as discussed before) and that bread prices would be low so that more people could afford it. Also, to stimulate the economy, Napoleon aided industry through tariffs and loans and built bridges, roads, and canals to improve transportation routes. A Bank of France was also established by Napoleon later

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