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What do you think of Napoleon?
He was a tyrant 52%  52%  [ 14 ]
He was an insignificant ruler 4%  4%  [ 1 ]
I don't like him very much because the napoleonic wars, but he was OK 26%  26%  [ 7 ]
He was a liberal and a good ruler 19%  19%  [ 5 ]
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 Napoleon Bonaparte 
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^ Hahaha!

I love Napoleon...brilliant man.

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I too think that he was an autocrat, far more than Louis XVI, and that France reinvented a King soon after having executed one. However I remember from Vigée Le Brun's memoirs how she describes the atmosphere at the Tuileries as being far different than when it was a royal palace, soldiers everywhere and a true sense of a military ruler ruling by force rather than a King. Corsicans are on the whole bad news too. However I do't think we can limit Napoleon to that, he was apparently a brilliant military strategist and commanded the respect of his troops. Likewise he was responsable for constitutional writings that are still relevant today such as the "Code Napoleon", so he obviously was more than just a soldier. However he had none of the strong moral fibre of a Louis XVI. But then he was a born leader....even if he led by tyranny.

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I agree. And NB ended up fleeing from a mob, too. He almost destroyed France.

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Seems like in France every leader ends up fleeing a mob sooner or later...

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baron de batz wrote:
Seems like in France every leader ends up fleeing a mob sooner or later...
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:lol: that is so true

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Napoleon was a cruel dictator & enemy of the Borbon dinasty.

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I don't know if he was a dictator, he gave more liberty to people than in the Bourbon times, but he almost destroyed France with so many wars.

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He is my favorite male french person :D , right next to Louis XIV and Cardinal Richelieu..

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Napoleon was a brilliant stateman. Contrary to what is commonly said, he didn't declare most of his wars, which followed the revolutionary wars. He had to face several coalitions although he tried to make peace more than once. He was not a saint, but clever enough to realize that endless wars weren't in France's interest. The treaty of Vienna only foregrounds that the other European nations only meant to put an end to the French domination in Europe.
What is more, a lot of French institutions stem from the first Empire (the list would be too long), then his role in France didn't add up to wars and great victories. He was more liberal than the Bourbons, and the society was less unfair during the Empire since the nobility he created had nothing to do with the privileges of the "Ancien Régime". He also bolstered French economy by a policy of autarky which entailed progress for the industry, and the creation of a steady currency.
He was far from being a new king and the Empire was a progress for the French history, as for the lack of freedoms, it was necessary since France was in a chaotic state after the revolution and the mentalities were not ready for a totally liberal system. All the periods of reconstruction bring about a decline or a limitation of freedoms, because there's a need of national cohesion.


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Here's artist-historian George Stuart's view of Napoleon and Josephine - (takes a little time to load)

http://www.galleryhistoricalfigures.com ... eBonaparte

http://www.galleryhistoricalfigures.com ... nBonaparte

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I love Josephine too, and his second wife Marie Louise, she was a niece of la Reine.

I will never forgive Napoleon for wanting to kill Madame Royale. In fact, his first great victory was killing a mob who were marching on the Temple to save her!

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Bonaparte wanted to kill Madame Royale? What is your source? :?

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Well I don't mean specifically her, but all those years the Bourbons fled across Europe were because they couldn't return to France because Napoleon was in power.

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So according to you the Bourbons didn't mean to kill Napoleon ... ? :?

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They exiled him, they didn't kill him.

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