Napoleon: The Rise Of Napoleon And The European War

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Register to read the introduction… Napoleon was not unlike his contemporary rulers and quickly jumped on the imperialist bandwagon and collected territories in Africa and Asia while also supporting foreign rulers in China, Algeria and Mexico. With declining health and a recent failure in Mexico, Napoleon found himself forced into a war he could not win. Otto van Bismarck, the chancellor of Prussia, took advantage of the nationalistic fervor in France and turned Napoleon's mass support against him. Napoleon mustered his strength and led the hopeful French army to Germany in the Franco-Prussian War. Staying at the frontline till the bitter end, he remained in Germany as a kindly-treated hostage and after Bismarck reached terms for peace, Napoleon chose exile in England where he died in 1873. Known for his innate political savvy and the development of a pragmatic approach to issues and problems of government, Louis Napoleon carefully established French dominance around the globe and created systems to insure its world position even as his own individual power waned and eventually …show more content…
In February 1848, on the same day that Louis Philippe fled his increasingly hot seat, Napoleon entered scene. At first he worked cautiously as his close friends and allies in the National Assembly warned that swift assumption of power would result in rapid backlash. Learning from his previous coups, Napoleon chose to bide his time and returned to England not a moment too soon as the bloody June days swept through Paris (O'Sullivan). Far from Paris, Napoleon distanced himself from the terrible uprising and even more brutal crackdown and came into limelight. The new constitution of the Second Republic called for national elections and Napoleon became a candidate. In his candidacy Napoleon, “evoked Napoleonic memories of national glory” and, “promis[ed] to bring back those days with his administration” (Larson). Furthering his popularity, Napoleon declared his goal to, “to take the initiative to do everything useful for the prosperity and the greatness of France” (O’Sullivan). Harkening to his work in Des Idees, he crafted a careful political agenda from the, “reminiscence or romantic legend [of Napoleon Bonaparte], into a political ideology” (Larson). This ideology stressed the importance of both social and economic reform, "that would reconcile order and freedom, the rights

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