Napoleon 's Tactics Of His Empire During His Reign As Emperor

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Ambitious. Methodical. Precise. These are some of many words that could describe the strategies that Napoleon used to amplify his empire during his reign as emperor. Arrogant. Exorbitant. Unplanned. These words can also be used to describe some of Napoleon’s warfare strategies. Inspired by other world leaders and empires such as Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar, Napoleon in many ways stood on the shoulders of giants. He saw the possibilities and prospects available to him through conquest and subjugation of neighboring countries. It was both this opportunistic and arrogant attitude that led to his successes and downfalls. After considering Napoleon’s campaign, it is difficult to fully describe him as either fully successful or a complete failure. If anything, Napoleon was a man with determination and the knowledge to follow his visions. Unfortunately, he was also human and prone to mistakes and imperfection. So, rather than judge him as either one thing or the other, it is important to see both sides and make a judgement based on what can be learned from his work.
All of Napoleon’s strategies came from his in-depth examination into the tactics of other generals before him. As Napoleon Bonaparte said, “Read over and over again the campaigns of Alexander, Hannibal, Caesar, Gustavus, Turenne, and Frederick the Great. This is the only way to become a great general.” Upon recognizing patterns and their advantages, Napoleon began to create his own version of these strategies.…

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