Napoleon 's Position As The Leader Of France

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The French Revolution marked a significant shift in the status of not only France but also Europe and the world as an entirety. In a period of uproar and uncertainty, the people of France saw themselves without a specific leader to alter the status of the country. By taking full control of almost every aspect of the country, Napoleon Bonaparte 's position as the leader of France saw significant changes in the army, economic and social positions of the once powerful nation. In his rapid rise to power in the 19th century, he influenced the world momentously. On August 15, 1769, Napoleon Bonaparte was born in Corsica to an unwealthy lawyer, Carlo Buonaparte and his wife, Letizia Romalino Buinaparte. He went to school in…show more content…
His second wife was the daughter of the emperor of Austria, Marie Louise. She gave birth to their son who became known as Napoleon II and was given the title King of Rome. Besides his son, Napoleon produced several illegitimate children. Once Napoleon started fighting for France, he saw immediate success. France had been involved in several military conflicts with different European nations, so in 1796, Napoleon and his French army went out and defeated Austria’s army. Austria was one of France’s main adversaries at the time, so the victory was a huge triumph for Napoleon and France. The Treaty of Campo Formio was soon signed by the French and the Austrians, granting a large amount of land to France and presenting their supremacy to the rest of Europe. The governing power of France at the time was made of 5 people and called the Directory. The Directory offered Napoleon a mission to attack England, but Napoleon decided France’s army were not equipped to go up against the Royal Navy. He decided to invade Egypt instead, in order to demolish British trading routes with India. Napoleon destroyed the Mamluks at the Battle of the Pyramids, but then his naval fleet was demolished at the Battle of the Nile. His troops were stranded with no fleet and soon after this, Napoleon deserted his army in Egypt and went back to France. In November 1799, there was an event called the coup
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