Daniel Halliday
Dec 9 ยท Last update 5 days ago.
Who was Napoleon Bonaparte?
Napoleon was one of the most important leaders in French history, but why was his rule of so much significance?
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Tyrannical despot
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Social and political reformer whose influence was widespread
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Tyrannical despot

Although Napoleon came to power through the French revolution his rule ended, as is the case with so many revolutions, in a dictatorship. He institutionalised the plunder of conquered territories that led to 6 million Europeans dying in the Napoleonic Wars, while he reinstated slavery, lost overseas colonies and caused bankruptcy of the French economy in the process. His egotism and the fostering of a cult of personality around himself, coupled with an extensive use of censorship and propaganda, has caused Napoleon to be compared famously to Adolf Hitler by critics.

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Social and political reformer whose influence was widespread

Napoleon Bonaparte was one of the most important European leaders of history who came to power during the French Revolution. He then went on to conquer most of Europe through a series of successful military campaigns which lead to the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire. With his leadership Napoleon brought important reforms that spread deep throughout Europe and beyond, effectively modernising and permanently changing the face of Europe.

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