The Enigmatic General: Napoleon Bonaparte
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This paper discusses Napoleon Bonaparte's rise to power specifically through the lens of his own character and utilizing his owns words and thoughts. The paper provides a brief summarized history of Napoleon's development and self-proclamation as the Emperor of France. It then analyzes how his love of all things military and his insatiable lust for power developed.
From the Paper:"Whether Napoleon meant what he said in his oath, or whether he was telling people what they wanted to hear is arguable. From Bonaparte's character it seems likely that his virtual tyranny was in the best interests of the honor and glory of France."
"In 1801, Napoleon's forces in battling the British in the sands of Egypt were forced into capitulation. At this same time Bonaparte was in the process of negotiating with British representatives at Amiens. The Preliminaries of Amiens were signed on October 1, 1801 with a formal peace treaty soon following in March of 1802. It is interesting to note that Napoleon used this brief interlude of peace in Europe to "...claim that he had honored his promise to bring peace through victory" and shortly after he was appointed First Consul for life."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Anderson, Frank M., ed.. The Constitutions and Other Illustrative Documents of the History of France. New York: Russell and Russell, 1908)- ("Suppression of the Newspapers" (1800).
- Chandler, David G. The Illustrated Napoleon. New York: Henry Holt and Company, 1973.
- Herold, J. Christopher, ed. The Mind of Napoleon. New York: Columbia University Press, 1955.
- Holtman, Robert B. Napoleonic Propaganda. Baton Rouge: Louisiana State University Press.
- Howell-Ap-Howell, The Birthplace and Childhood of Napoleon. Liverpool: Edward Howell, 1896.
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