Napoleon Bonaparte as a Military Leader

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Napoleon Bonaparte as a Military Leader There have been many successful military leaders throughout history, but no leader has ever conquered the entire world. Napoleon Bonaparte, one of the best leaders of all time, nearly achieved this goal. Although his conquest for power and territory were beneficial to France, it did not have the same effect on Europe. As a self-appointed emperor, Napoleon was known as an extraordinary military field general and an effective reformer. His political policy furthered several reforms of the revolution. Through his wars he expanded the influence of Europe. In 1802 Napoleon, was vote First Consul of France, then in 1804 he declared himself Emperor. Immediately Napoleon obtained absolute power. His…show more content…
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