Bonaparte and The French Revolution Analytical Essay by Master Researcher

Bonaparte and The French Revolution
Examines Napoleon Bonaparte's role in the French Revolution and other French military campaigns.
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This paper considers the impact that Napoleon Bonaparte had in his involvement with the Revolution in France, and the effect of his military campaigns in Europe. The paper describes how Napoleon contributed to the French Revolution by asserting a military presence in a reign of chaos, stabilizing the civil mayhem and introducing "codes" of law that established the first such legal structure in France. The paper discusses how his military legacy united the French in a common goal, however, his aspiration to rule an Empire was perhaps his downfall, and signaled the beginning of the end of his influence in the post-revolutionary changes that were to take place in France.

The French Revolution and Ancient Regime
The Reign of Terror and Emperor Napoleon
Napoleon's Fall from Grace

From the Paper:

"The French Revolution began in 1789, when the peasants of Versailles revolted and stormed the Bastille; however, there were many pre-Revolutionary factors that led to the dramatic events of 1789.
"The Ancient Regime refers to the old order of France, where an absolute monarchy held absolute power over all aspects of society. This included the National System of Justice, the Catholic Church, taxation and the military forces. Louis XVI was neither competent not stable enough to manage these responsibilities, and his mismanagement of politics, taxation, spending, and the military presence of France all contributed to creating an atmosphere of unrest (Banfield, Cairns: 15).
"The divided population expressed their unhappiness for different reasons, however what was commonly shared was an increasing desire for radical change. The Bourgeois classes resented being burdened with taxation, and as the business and manufacturing trades were increasing for the French commerce sectors, the desire to hold on to more power was emerging. Literate in revolutionary thinking of liberty and citizen rights (Banfield), the bourgeois turned against the nobility classes and the monarchy."

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