Napoleon The Great?Napoleon was the Arch hero of France (Connely, 87). Napoleon came to power for the French people. He said I took France out of the gutter with my sword, indeed he did. He took France out of the Revolution and took them into evolution (Anon, 99). As a leader he quickly stabled the economy and slowed inflation. Religious order was established, and The Republic of France was uniformed and disciplined. As a general, he defended France and expanded its empire. Napoleon was Frances savior. After the French Revolution France was in debt and was being ruled with corruption. In 1799 Napoleon Staged the coup d etat in which the corrupt forms of government (the Directory, Legislature houses) were abolished. Napoleon took control of France as First Consul then Emperor. During his reign he managed to slow inflation by balancing the government s budget and setting up the first national bank (anon, 95). Now many starving French people could afford bread. Before Napoleon, there was no National bank or Treasury (Connely, 87), and he changed that rapidly and effectively. The Bank gave many loans to numerous people starting new businesses, the clergy, and nobles. The Bank stabilized the value of the Franc (Lanfrey, 1886), because France was increasingly coming out of debt. Napoleon proclaimed, You [the French] will find honor glory and wealth. Unlike many past rulers of France he was keeping his word.One cause of the revolution to keep going was Religious conflicts. Leaders thought that Religion corrupted the people and gave too much power to the priest. There for religion was banned and priests were endangered. In 1801 Napoleon sighed the Concordat. It spelled out a new relation between the state and the church (Anon, 95). Now the Clergy and the commons were at peace. Napoleon agreed, Roman Catholic would be the great majority of Frenchmen and the Catholics would come back to France set up their churches. The Concordat basically stated, Napoleon would pick the bishop and the bishop would pick all other members of the church and clergy (Connelly, 87). He stated, Religion is good stuff to keep the common people quiet and content, and indeed it did. The revolution stopped and Catholicism was again established, there for the French had another reason they could praise their new Emperor. After the revolution France was out of control and left with a weak law which the great napoleon fixed. His great codification of the laws, known as the Code Napoleon, confirmed the principle advances achieved by the revolution, such as abolition of feudal privileges, equality before law, freedom of conscious, the individual s free choice of occupation, and guarantees against arbitrary arrest and detention (Connely, 87). Before the code there was no equality for 99% (the commons) of France. They were looked down and treated unfairly in court. Other than tax money the peasants owed a corvee, a form of tax paid with labor rather than money. Many times people were forced to farm or forced to take a government job instead of something else. The government also took away religion tried it best to keep it that way. After Napoleons reforms all positive things of the revolution were kept and all unconstitutional things were rejected. Now a person with wealth was judged equally to a person with no wealth at all. Educations was also reformed, every state or province had a fine arts institution, public school was created and attended for free, and a higher education was also given to a person, regardless of race or religion (Connely, 87). Napoleon also invented the international unit of measuring which is used by 90% of Earth. His Code Napoleon is still used in parts of Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, Spain, parts of Latin America and the state of Louisiana (Anon, 00). Napoleon reformed his homeland and made lives simpler and less confused for his people. Edmund Burk best describes Napoleon s intensions, good order is the foundation of good things and indeed it is. Since the crowning of Napoleon to this very day, France is one of the most wealthy and widely recognized nations of the world.
As an Emperor Napoleon was a Savior, but even as a General he was a savior. In 1795 he saved the new government and the members of it. Thousands of royalists (favoring the king not the revolution) were about to come and take over. Napoleon and his gunners greeted the royalists with a deadly cannonade. Within minutes they all left in panic and confusion (World History, 95). This was the first of many victories. In 1796 France was under the threat of four Austrian Generals each with a superior number of men. In Italy General Napoleon defeated every single one and forced them to make the treaty of Campo Formio (Connely, 87). It set up a state under French rule, this state paid millions of Francs, which Napoleon gave to the improvement of France. In 1798 Napoleon s navy killed Harotio Nelson, a very talented British commander but hated and feared by the French. Napoleon put Egypt in French control l and again used Egypt money to improve France. By 1810 Napoleon had all off Western Europe except The Ottoman Empire, Russia, and Britain, under his rule. France kept getting money from those states and kept using it to build a strong nation. Power is my Mistress, this is what napoleon said was the reason to keep making the great France greater. And during his time of power he did every thing in his power to glorify France. Napoleon was a great asset to France. He restored France s economy and fed the Hungry. The Code Napoleon was established as law. Feudalism and serfdom were abolished, and freedom of religion established. Education was revitalized and a bill of rights was institutional (Connely, 87). He Gave France protection from its enemies and gave wealth to his people or, My children as he use to call them, from his vast Empire. Even After the death of Napoleon no one dared to touch France. Instead it made France Part of an alliance that still exists, (NATO). In conclusion France was deeply scared by the revolution and Napoleon came and healed it. He indeed was France s savior.