Essay on Napoleon's Failure to Dominate Europe

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Napoleon's Failure to Dominate Europe A ruler's reputation comes from the change that he inflicts upon his subjects, territory, and surrounding lands. Napoleon Bonaparte rose into power during the French Revolution, causing drastic changes not only to France, but to the rest of Europe as well. His domestic and foreign policies were not always successful, but his ability to rule was undeniable. From his rising in power and reform of France, up until his military defeat in Russia, Napoleon succeeded in gaining a considerate amount of power and control. In France, Napoleon used his power to make many reforms in all aspects of life. He incorporated a national bank, public schools, and constructed new roads. With these changes, he also…show more content…
Also, the Civil Code limited some of the rights of women. Divorce was made more difficult for them, and after marriage, the husband had control of their property. "In lawsuits, they were treated as minors, and their testimony was regarded as less reliable than that of men." (World History 641) Also, there were "limitations on personal freedom" such as "press censorship, the use of spies, and the imprisonment of extremists." (Modern Times 58) "In his domestic policies…Napoleon both destroyed and preserved aspects of the revolution. Even so, it appears that "for the time being," Napoleon kept the people "fairly well satisfied." (Modern Times 58) Napoleon accomplished much during his era. "The name Napoleon recalls to mind great battles won, mighty countries humbled, and the near establishment of a union of all Europe under the supreme leadership of Napoleonic France." (Modern Times 59) But "as others had discovered before him…no nation can rule Europe for long." (The World in 1800 p89) Later came his ultimate downfall- the Russian Campaign in 1812. While the Continental System was enforced, Russia was an ally of France, so Napoleon expected Russia to support the "anti-British blockade policy." (Modern Times 62) Later, when he found that Alexander I of Russia "opened Russian ports to British commerce," (Modern Times 65) Napoleon wanted to punish him because other countries might follow Russia's act.
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