Napoleon Bonaparte : The Child Of The Revolution

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The Child of the Revolution Arguably the most well-known contributor to the revolution was that of Napoleon Bonaparte. Historians have long debated to whether or not Napoleon was the ending or the continuation of the revolution. Napoleon had attributes of both an Old Regime leader and of an early revolutionary. Napoleon was an absolute leader with unlimited power at his disposal and used that power to censor the press, among other things. Even though Napoleon incorporated a number of Old Regime characteristics into his states, Napoleon’s actions both in the political and social spectrum aligned more with that of a revolutionary of the year 1789. There are three ways in which Napoleon had not only continued playing a part of the revolution, but also extended it. These being seen in his policies towards voting rights, social mobility, and democratic bylaws. Napoleon wasn’t the end of the revolution, but was a key figure in it who incorporated much of its results into French society. The Four Pillars One of the ways that Napoleon continued the revolution was by incorporating democratic politics into his regime. The way in which napoleon accomplished this task was by his utilization of such systems such as the consulates and Plebiscites and his granting of male suffrage throughout his empire. The granting of male suffrage was key in being able to utilize the two democratic systems and to garner the support of the French Populace. The two forms differed greatly from what had
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