Napoleon


In the early 19th century a man by the name of Napoleon

Bonaparte led a Coup D\'etat that created a new government

in France. This new government started out with a tribunal

leadership, which Napoleon was first consul, and later

changed to an empire with Napoleon as emperor. Some

people believe that he made the revolution better and

expanded the revolution but this is not true. The facts, when

closely looked at, prove that Napoleon effectively destroyed

the revolution by telling the people of his country one thing

while he was actually planning on doing something totally

different. He deceived people so well that he is still

convincing people today that he was a defender of the

revolution. With this pack of deception Napoleon set the

people of France back into the 18th century by killing off a

great number of the young population in his wars. He led the

people of France to believe that he was spreading the

revolution throughout Europe but the truth is that he believed

that in order to be a great leader he would have to invade

and conquer many foreign lands. He controlled what the

people wrote and read through the media. It all started with

a coup against the government that he was fighting for. The

Coup D\'etat, led by Napoleon, took place at the perfect

time because the Jacobins were losing power and there were

many people being executed for allegedly being monarchists.

In the courts a person was not able to speak in their defense

so if the prosecutor made a good enough argument the

charged would be executed by the guillotine. There were

many innocent people who were executed, and many more

who were afraid. After the coup a referendum was held in

1802 that made Napoleon First Consul for life. This was his

first step in turning France back into a monarchy. The next

step was in 1804 when a second referendum was held that

made him Emperor. The people really had no choice. They

could have an Emperor and essentially turn back into a

monarchy or return to the governmental insatiability that they

had been living in for about 10 years before Napoleon came

into the spotlight. The electorate, whom were the people that

owned land and were the only citizens who were allowed to

vote, overwhelmingly voted in favor of making Napoleon

Emperor. Napoleon after all was the lesser of the two evils.

After the vote Napoleon granted general amnesty that freed

anyone, most notably himself, from being tried in court for

any political crimes. Napoleon vowed to implement the

ideals of the tennis court oath that was the actual beginning

of the revolution. He created a legislature and left it

powerless. It could not make any laws, it could only suggest

what laws the emperor should make and it could not

examine the finances of the country. This legislature was the

beginning of a large plan to deceive the French people into

believing that he was spreading the revolution. The

Napoleonic Wars was the largest plan of deceit by

Napoleon. These series of wars basically killed off a whole

generation of French people. To finance and fight these

series of wars Napoleon had to have the support of the

French public. To get this he told the people that the rest of

Europe was against the revolution and would not let any

changes take place so he was going to take a large army and

force the rest of Europe to recognize the revolution. The

people liked this idea but that was not really the reason why

Napoleon was going to invade Europe. He thought that in

order to be a great leader he would have to have many

victories in battle. All of these battles took a toll on the age

group of 21 through 50. As he needed more men he

widened the age limitations. One such war that was foolishly

fought was with Russia after the relations between Alexander

I and Napoleon deteriorated. Napoleon invaded Russia but

as the Russian army moved back they burned anything that

Napoleon could use. When the harsh winter set in there was

nothing for the French troops to protect themselves against

the winter with because it was all burned. Napoleon did not

use supply lines, what he did use was what he found in the

places that he took control of, this usually worked. Of the

600,000 men that went into Russia only 50,000 returned to

France. With this large population killed off the development

of France during the Industrial Revolution was hindered

greatly while their main opponent, Britain, prospered greatly.

Napoleon\'s loss of life in his wars