Napoleon decided on a military career at an early age. winning a scholarship to a French military academy at age 14. His progression and success amazed all of europe, and his military success frightened the whole world
Napoleon was one of the greatest military commanders in history. He has also been portrayed as a power hungry conqueror. Although history confirms these assesments, Napoleon denied those accusations. He argued that he was "building a federation of free peoples in a Europe united under a liberal government." If this was his goal, he intended to achieve it by taking power in his own hands. However, in the states he created, Napoleon granted constitutions, introduced law codes, abolished feudalism, created efficient governments and fostered education, science, literature and the arts
Emperor Napoleon proved to be an excellent civil administrator. One of his greatest achievements was his supervision of therevision and collection of French law into codes. The new law codes (seven) incorporated some of the freedoms gained by the people of France during the French revolution
Including religious toleration and the abolition of serfdom. The most famous of the codes, the Code Napoleon or Code Civil, still forms the basis of French civil law. Napoleon also centralized France's government by appointing prefects to administer regions called departments, into which France was divided.
During the French Revolution Napoleon was stationed in Paris. This was acritical time for France because the country was at war with many European countries. In that year the monarchy was overthrown and France became a republic. During the revolution Napoleon defended the new government and joined the Jacobins, a radical political group in France
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By Richard Moore
The longest lasting effect of Napoleon Bonaparte's rule over France was his overseeing the implementation of a series of national laws collectively known as the Civil Code, or Code Napoleon.
They included the Codes of Civil Procedure, Commercial Law (1807), Penal Code (1810) and Criminal Procedure (1808).
Napoleon wanted to replace a series of existing laws - that varied in each French province - and replace them with a standard code for all French people. |
He had already reformed the French taxation system bringing to his imperial coffers almost 700 million francs annually. The sources for the money came from taxes on income and a series of levies on goods - such as wine, tobacco and salt.
In 1800 he added to his overhaul of the financial system by creating the Bank of France.
Napoleon did not play a part in its formation, which was handled by an official commission from 1801, nor did he look many of the 2281 suggested laws before they had been debated by