Essay on Napoleon

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Napoleon `I wished to found a European system, a European Code of Laws, a European judiciary: there would be but one people in Europe,' Napoleon himself has many critics some call him a wicked dictator and others just remember him for the battle of Waterloo, against the British Admiral Nelson. Nevertheless, Napoleon was a very clever man and was the first to come up with the idea of a united Europe, an idea that we are still trying to live by today. Napoleon had this idea over 200 years before Europe finally became the European Union. Napoleon's idea for Europe was that the French, Spanish, Italians, and Germans would live together in peace and share laws and trade. But why did Napoleon want to unite Europe, and was this…show more content…
They were a possession which was passed from father to husband. Women could not vote, but could divorce as this was now allowed, although not easily and could lead to imprisonment. Any wealth that the wife had brought with her into the marriage was under the control of her husband. Napoleon had made members of his family into the kings of other countries, so that he could have a greater influence over that country. In 1808, Napoleon wrote to the kings of many neighbouring countries and urged them to adopt the code in their countries. This is a quote from a letter that Napoleon wrote to his brother Jerome, the king of Westphalia, in Germany. `In Germany, as in France, Italy and Spain, people long for equality and liberalism. The benefits of the Code Napoleon, legal procedure in open court, the jury, these are the points by which your monarchy must be distinguished.... Your people must enjoy a liberty, an equality unknown in the rest of Germany." In a slightly less idealistic and more practically minded communication to his brother Joseph, the king of Naples, Napoleon wrote that with the Code "there will no longer be any great estates apart from those you create yourself. This is the motive, which has led me to recommend a civil code and establish it everywhere' In many areas of Europe where the Code was introduced, it was welcomed. In addition, many of the countries that were
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