Rise and Fall of Napoleon Bonaparte Essay

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Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise to power consisted of many mistakes, wrong turns, and pitfalls, yet he managed to become head of the most powerful country in Europe at the age of thirty. During his formative years, his character was ambiguous and his intensions were often ill defined. He was, however, highly ambitious, and it was this that advanced his career and social status (Asprey). His most important and consistent aim was to create a French Empire and establish French dominance over Europe, which he was able to accomplish (Grab). However, as Napoleon became more powerful, his opposition grew stronger. It was evident that he was destined to be deposed by political responsibility and personal betrayal. Unfortunately, his threatening…show more content…
Before he became involved, France was in a chaotic state that divided many of its citizens; right royalists wanted the war to revive the rule of Louis XVI, where the republican leftists hoped the war would give them an opportunity to overthrow the king in hopes of forming a republic (1). The beginning of this revolution left France in a terrible state; the army was not well trained or well equipped and the soldiers were not encouraged to and willing to fight. Finally, a total mobilization of France was ordered, which called for every able-bodied person to participate in the war (2). This did, in fact, help improve the moral of the country. In 1973, Louis XVI was beheaded and France became a republic, led by Robespierre (3). A year later, he was executed and France had even more troubles seeing as Austria, Spain, Prussia, and Great Britain did not agree with the politics of the republic (Grab, 3-4). This is where Napoleon finally burst onto the scene (Asprey, 60). France was in need of a leader and Napoleon represented all the promises that the French people wanted to hear. After years of suffering, they looked to him for hope of finally restoring peace and a unified nation (66). Unfortunately, what the French did not realize was that almost everything Napoleon did was self motivated to somehow increase his own self worth (Asprey, 74). Napoleon first rose to distinction commanding the artillery of the Siege of Toulon (Grab, 7). Unfortunately, the acquired
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