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Napoleon was Prussia’s and Austria’s first attempt

Napoleon Bonaparte was
born on August 15th, 1769 and passed away May 5th, 1821
(52 years of age). Napoleon was born in Ajaccio, Corsica. Napoleon was a French
military leader and emperor that managed to gain full control the majority of
Europe. Throughout Napoleon’s conquering journey, he began getting called “an
enemy of humanity” by his enemies such as Britain, Russia, Austria, and Prussia.
Napoleon was the greatest soldier of all time in his age, and was one of the
best military leaders of all time. Napoleon was in power from 1792-1815 (23
years in power).            Napoleon was the second of eight kids. Napoleons father
Carlo Buonaparte (1746-1785) was a lawyer and his mother was Letizia Romalino (1750-1836).
His family was a part of the minor Corsican nobility, but they weren’t that
wealthy. As a young boy, Napoleon attended a French school, where he learned
the French language. He then ended up graduating from a French military school
in 1785. After graduating, and his father’s death, Napoleon became the second
lieutenant in an artillery regiment. “Napoleon was likely the most influential
man of the 19th century; leaving an indelible mark on everything,
from the strategy and tactics of warfare to the Napoleonic code that drafted
laws across the continent.”(John Ch.2) The
Napoleonic code was “the civil code that gave post-revolutionary France its
coherent set of laws concerning property, colonial affairs, and family, and
individual rights”. Napoleons strategies and tactics were so effective during
his conquering of Europe; the Europeans had to form large coalitions multiple
times, which helped bring about the entangling alliances that sparked World War
I. Europe ended up forming about 5 different coalitions to try and defeat
Napoleon. The first coalition took place from 1792-1797. This was Prussia’s and
Austria’s first attempt in defeating Napoleon. The second coalition took place
from 1798-1801. This was when Britain became another nation to join against
France. The third coalition in 1805 was when Russia, Britain, Sweden, Austria,
and some German states saw the opportunity to attack against France. Although
there were many coalitions between France and the Europeans, throughout
Napoleons campaign he had a set mindset throughout it all that lead to him
becoming one of the most successful leaders of all time.Napoleons
goals for France were to stabilize the government and the economy, re-establish
the order within the nation, and defend the nation. Napoleon was able to
accomplish his goals because he was motivated by his desire to make a democracy
in France. Napoleon had many goals to accomplish, but he also accomplished many
other things. Some of Napoleons accomplishments are that his career as a
military leader improved France, and had a direct impact against the stability
of power in Europe. Another accomplishment that Napoleon had was that he became
the first emperor of France.             Although Napoleon did have a positive change towards
France improving the technology and economic conditions of the lower classes,
he was also the cause of a lot of casualties. During Napoleons campaign in
Russia, he lost about 500,000 men. Not only was he at a huge disadvantage
already because he was having problems agriculturally and industrially, but as
a result of so many casualties, he was forced to raise taxes on his nation to
stabilize himself. While
Napoleon was in power, he was involved in many wars. He was involved in The
Peninsular War, The War of 1812, and the Naval War. The Peninsular War also
known as “La Guerra De la Independencia” was the war between Napoleon and the
Iberian Peninsula. The War of 1812 was the French invasion of Russia. This war
began on June 24, 1812 and ended on December 14, 1812. Napoleon and his 680,000
soldiers crossed over the Neman River trying to invade and beat the Russian
forces. Napoleon indeed managed to push the Russian army back, and they
retreated. As the Russian forces retreated back, Napoleon was gaining from
their land. “Napoleon managed to slice the enemy’s army in half; this time by
using a turning movement in one of his flanks. Napoleon inflicted four times
more casualties than his army suffered.” This quote shows how Napoleons tactics
were always very effective, and always lead to him having the advantage.
Napoleons tactics and flanking maneuvers always allowed Napoleon to have to
advantage over the enemy because he always caught the enemy forces when they
least expected it.             Napoleon had many effects on France, some being
short-term, and many being long-term. Some short-term effects that Napoleon had
on France were improving the technology, and economic conditions. Also Napoleon
managed to establish a monarchy, and nationalism. Nationalism is loyalty and
devotion to a nation. Napoleon also conquered the majority of Europe, Egypt,
Belgium, Holland, Poland, Spain, Austria, much of Italy, and much of Germany.
Napoleon also helped improve the economy by increasing trade, increasing the
development of luxury industries, created a central bank to maintain control,
and sustain fair taxes.

Some
of the long term effects that Napoleon had on France were the Napoleonic code.
The Napoleonic code had an impact on France because it created a law system
that the people of France follow. The Napoleonic code didn’t allow “privileges
based on birth” This basically means that people are allowed to move up and
down in the social pyramid. A major effect Napoleon had was the freedom of
religion. Before Napoleon was the governor, the Catholic Church had major
control over France. Napoleon made a “contract” with the Pope that allows the
church to still have a major role in society, but also to endow with religious
freedom for others. Not only did Napoleon free the religion in France he also
put an end to slavery, freed all of the serfs, and ended all limitations on
Jews in parts of Europe. Napoleon also had a huge impact on improving the
education system in France. Napoleon restarted all of French primary schools,
and made a new secondary school system. Napoleon’s impacts on improving the
education system lead to a huge increase in science, and literature. Finally,
another effect that Napoleon had on France was that Napoleon was responsible
for unifying Italy, Poland, and Germany.

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