Napoleon Bonaparte was the first Emperor of France. His career as a military leader and political leader led to a number of major accomplishments that benefited France and directly affected the balance of power in Europe. His accomplishments included reforms in politics, domestic affairs, religion and the military.Continue Reading
Napoleon's achievements brought a brief period of stability after the violent revolution that brought an end to the French monarchy. He used his power to reinstate Roman Catholicism as the official religion of France.
Although the country had a national religion, he introduced the Napoleonic Code, which allowed for religious freedom in the country. The code additionally established that it was illegal to give privileges simply based on birth and that only the most qualified citizens would be able to work for the government.
Napoleon used his youth and energy to rebuild the spirits of the dejected French army. He was able to win significant victories over Austria and led efforts to weaken Great Britain's interests in the Middle East. These exploits against France's main enemies made him very popular with the military and the French people.
Napoleon also passed the first Constitution of France as the country's First Consul. As First Consul, he placed his allies in all the major positions of government, which ensured the passage of the constitution.Learn more about Modern Europe
While Napoleon Bonaparte's rule brought about positive change for the French people in the form of new technologies and improved economic conditions for the peasantry and middle class, his disastrous campaign against Russia cost the lives of about 500,000 men and forced him to raise taxes while France was also caught up in an industrial and agricultural crisis. The institution of the Napoleonic Code in France and in the conquered territories helped to eventually bring about the growth of a strong bourgeois society in Europe and ended preexisting feudal systems, but growing and debilitating unemployment caused Napoleon to also lose the support of the French people.Full Answer >
Napoleon changed France by creating the Napoleonic Code, negotiating a long-term agreement with the Roman Catholic Church and reforming the tax and education systems. Though Napoleon's reign ended in 1815, his reforms lasted well beyond his time in office.Full Answer >
Napoleon Bonaparte is credited with ending the French Revolution and, with the establishment of a stable government, bringing security and equality to France. He introduced a system of meritocracy to replace the older system that privileged inheritance and status.Full Answer >
Napoleon Bonaparte ruled France from 1799 to 1815. He was First Consul of France from 1799 to 1804, and he was emperor of the French people from 1804 to 1814 and again in 1815.Full Answer >