Napoleon Bonaparte

Socratic Seminar

*Did Napoleon further or betray the ideas of the French Revolution and Enlightenment?

Alan Schom: Napoleon: A Life

*Based on Schom’s analysis, Napoleon betrayed ideas of French revolution.
*Uses Napoleon’s ruthlessness as evidence
-hundreds of smoking villages he burned to ground from Warsaw to Moscow
-thousands of POW’s he executed in cold blood
-thousands of civilian refugees rendered homeless from his wars
-thousands of women raped by his army
-the millions of dead soldiers and wounded left to die
-destroying the Germanic states once owned by the HRE however helped lead to France’s own takeover from Prussia

Robert Asprey: The ...

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and corrupt administration of Directorate, both of which shaped Napoleon’s thoughts to create coup d’etat followed be Consulate.
-believes as a new ruler Napoleon attempted to restore order within the torn nation of France
-napoleon did not cause the wars during his time. England and European rulers evoked warfare to topple napoleons power and restore feudalism to France
-wars continued because napoleons army constantly defeated others which cause revenge. Napoleons determination to build a French empire to unify Europe paled in comparison to England’s ownership of 5/8 of the world including the seas
-English crown dishonored treaty of amiens and declared war on france, which shocked French nation and stunned napoleon in defeat.
-napoleon’s own Napoleonic code, insistence of equality, founding of bank of france and universal schools and hospitals, building of roads, encouragement of arts and sciences, and beautification of Paris all conclude his ideals of ...

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