Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolph Hitler Comparison Essay by Research Group

Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolph Hitler
Compares the lives and political careers of these two European leaders.
# 26650 | 1,260 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2002 | US
Published on May 12, 2003 in History (European) , History (Leaders) , History (European - World Wars)

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The paper shows that the careers of Napoleon Bonaparte and Adolph Hitler were alike in a number of significant ways. First and foremost, it shows that they both sought to control and dominate Europe and ultimately failed, though although Hitler's failure was more devastating and spectacular and Napoleon's was mixed with some positive effects. The paper shows that they were both driven by a powerful will to obtain power, achieved that power, and made terrible mistakes which led to their downfall. It shows that, ironically, the specific disasters which spelled the end of their careers had to do with battles in winter against Russia. The paper also shows the differences between the lives and careers of the two.

From the Paper:

"Napoleon was trained as a soldier and leader, unlike Hitler. He led military victories long before he became Emperor. He ended inflation, not through war but through effective economic policy, and came to peace with the Church, instead of crushing religious influence as Hitler had done. He led major victories against every power on the Continent, except for Russia, which he attacked in 1812. That was the beginning of the end, for after retreating from Russia, he was faced with a coalition of several nations (as was Hitler) which defeated him in France, just as Hitler was finally defeated in Germany. Whereas Hitler killed himself, Napoleon abdicated unconditionally, in 1814."

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