Napoleon Bonaparte 2 Essay, Research Paper
The book I read call Napoleon and the Napoleonic Wars by
Albert Marrin is about the life and struggle of Napoleon Bonapart. The
book talk about everything in his life, from the time he was born to the
time he died. The setting takes place in different places, from where hi
was born, where he fought, and were he died. The time period is from
Napoleon was born on August 15, 1769, in Ajaccio, Corsica,
and was given the name Napoleon. He was the second of eight
children of Carlo Bonaparte and Letizia Ramolino Bonaparte.
Through his father’s influence, Napoleon was educated at the expense
of King Louis XVI, at Brienne and the +cole Militaire, in Paris.
Napoleon graduated in 1785, at the age of 16, and joined the artillery
as a second lieutenant. Also in 1796, Bonaparte was made
commander of the French army in Italy. Napoleon, no modest soul,
decided to leave his army and return to save France. In Paris, he
joined a conspiracy against the government. In the coup d’etat of
November 9-10, 1799, he and his colleagues seized power and
established a new regime the Consulate . Under its constitution,
Bonaparte, as first consul, had almost dictatorial powers. The
constitution was revised in 1802 to make Bonaparte consul for life
and in 1804 to create him emperor.
The cult of Napoleon as the man of destiny began during his
lifetime. In fact, he had begun to cultivate it during his first Italian
campaign by publishing his victories. As first consul and emperor, he
had engaged the best writers and artists of France and Europe to
glorify his deeds and had contributed to the cult himself by the
ceremonies with which he celebrated his rule, picturing himself as the
architect of France’s greatest glory. He had preserved the
achievements of the Revolution in France and His goal, he said, was
to find a European state a federation of free peoples. He became
the arch-hero of the French and to the world. Napoleon died on May
5th, 1821. Although there were rumors that he was poisoned. In
1840 his remains were returned to Paris at the request of King
Louis-Philippe, where they now rest in a great marble tomb in Les
Napoleon was a driven man, never secure, never satisfied.
Nothing and no one, however, were allowed to interfere with his
work. His life was work-centered, even his social activities had a
purpose. Napoleon’s influence is evident in France even today.
Reminders of him in Paris is the most obvious being the Arc de
Triomphe, the centerpiece of the city, which was built to remember
his victories. The country’s basic law is still the Code Napol on.
Napoleon’s radical reforms in all parts of Europe cultivated the
ground for the revolutions of the 19th century. Today, the impact of
the Code Napol on is apparent in the law of all European countries.
The author did not really show a point of view, he was very
factious about the life of Napoleon. The purpose though was very
easy. He likes writing nonfiction books on great leaders for young
people. He has written many books, and Napoleon and the
Napoleonic Wars is his favorite. My opinion on this book is that I
actually liked reading this. The book was very well written and it did
not get boring. It talked about almost everything that happened in
Napoleon s life. I would recommend this book to a young person, I
think they would like it.