Napoleon

In the early 19th century a man by the name of Napoleon
Bonaparte led a Coup D’etat that created a new government
in France. This new government started out with a tribunal
leadership, which Napoleon was first consul, and later
changed to an empire with Napoleon as emperor. Some
people believe that he made the revolution better and
expanded the revolution but this is not true. The facts, when
closely looked at, prove that Napoleon effectively destroyed
the revolution by telling the people of his country one thing
while he was actually planning on doing something totally
different. He deceived people so well that he is still
convincing people today that he was a defender of the
revolution. With this pack of deception Napoleon set the
people of France back into the 18th century by killing off a
great number of the young population in his wars. He led the
people of France to believe that he was spreading the
revolution throughout Europe but the truth is that he believed
that in order to be a great leader he would have to invade
and conquer many foreign lands. He controlled what the
people wrote and read through the media. It all started with
a coup against the government that he was fighting for. The
Coup D’etat, led by Napoleon, took place at the perfect
time because the Jacobins were losing power and there were
many people being executed for allegedly being monarchists.
In the courts a person was not able to speak in their defense
so if the prosecutor made a good enough argument the
charged would be executed by the guillotine. There were
many innocent people who were executed, and many more
who were afraid. After the coup a referendum was held in
1802 that made Napoleon First Consul for life. This was his
first step in turning France back into a monarchy. The next
step was in 1804 when a second referendum was held that
made him Emperor. The people really had no choice. They
could have an Emperor and essentially turn back into a
monarchy or return to the governmental insatiability that they
had been living in for about 10 years before Napoleon came
into the spotlight. The electorate, whom were the people that
owned land and were the only citizens who were allowed to
vote, overwhelmingly voted in favor of making Napoleon
Emperor. Napoleon after all was the lesser of the two evils.
After the vote Napoleon granted general amnesty that freed
anyone, most notably himself, from being tried in court for
any political crimes. Napoleon vowed to implement the
ideals of the tennis court oath that was the actual beginning
of the revolution. He created a legislature and left it
powerless. It could not make any laws, it could only suggest
what laws the emperor should make and it could not
examine the finances of the country. This legislature was the
beginning of a large plan to deceive the French people into
believing that he was spreading the revolution. The
Napoleonic Wars was the largest plan of deceit by
Napoleon. These series of wars basically killed off a whole
generation of French people. To finance and fight these
series of wars Napoleon had to have the support of the
French public. To get this he told the people that the rest of
Europe was against the revolution and would not let any
changes take place so he was going to take a large army and
force the rest of Europe to recognize the revolution. The
people liked this idea but that was not really the reason why
Napoleon was going to invade Europe. He thought that in
order to be a great leader he would have to have many
victories in battle. All of these battles took a toll on the age
group of 21 through 50. As he needed more men he
widened the age limitations. One such war that was foolishly
fought was with Russia after the relations between Alexander
I and Napoleon deteriorated. Napoleon invaded Russia but
as the Russian army moved back they burned anything that
Napoleon could use. When the harsh winter set in there was
nothing for the French troops to protect themselves against
the winter with because it was all burned. Napoleon did not
use supply lines, what he did use was what he found in the
places that he took control of, this usually worked. Of the
600,000 men that went into Russia only 50,000 returned to
France. With this large population killed off the development
of France during the Industrial Revolution was hindered
greatly while their main opponent, Britain, prospered greatly.
Napoleon’s loss of life in his wars overshadow