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Did Napoleon Save or Betray the French Revolution?

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Madeline Slater

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Transcript of Did Napoleon Save or Betray the French Revolution?

However, I say...
Napoleon was an ambitious leader with many goals for France and expanding his empire. He was victorious with many battles that benefited the French.
There are those who would say...
Napoleon crowned himself emperor and therefore he thought of himself as an absolute ruler, thinking only for himself and not in the best interest of his people.
There are those who would say...
Napoleon over extended his power taking advantage of nations he conquered by making his family and friends royal political figures, also undermining authority in doing so.
Did Napoleon Save or Betray the French Revolution?
Madeline Slater
For example: Napoleon's campaign in Egypt was not achieving his goals and the Directory was losing power back in France. And so Napoleon abandoned his army to take personal advantage of the situation to gain political control.
On the issue of the Invasion of Egypt: Napoleon learned valuable information regarding the Ottoman Empire's plans to further invade Egypt. He retreated and defeated the Ottomans. Following the battle, Napoleon heard that Austria, United Kingdom, and Russia had defeated the French army in Italy and then he left his troops with General Jean Kleber and left for France. He did not abandon his troops in battle and seized control by vote of the French people.
For example:
Brother Joseph: King of Naples
Brother Louis: King of Holland
Brother Jerome: King of Westphalia
Sister Elisa: Grand Duchy of Tuscany
Baby Son: King of Rome
However, I say...
Napoleon used his political power and popularity to enforce new laws and codes to better life for his growing empire. He approved many peace treaties as well as developed the Napoleonic Code.
Treaties: Austria-Treaty of Luneville
British-Treaty of Amiens
Russia-dropped out
All equaled peace in Europe for the first time in 10 years.

Napoleonic Code: recognized equality with the replacement of feudal rights and everyone was recognized under one code of law.
There are those who would say...
Napoleon lost sight of the goals of the revolution, including liberty, and only made certain political moves that would gain him popularity.
The emigres were only allowed back in France to get Napoleon more followers that included them and the third estate.
Liberty: Albert Vandal saying that liberty suffered under Napoleon, one of the three goals of the Revolution.
However, I say...
Napoleon stuck by the ideals of the revolution: "liberty, equality, fraternity". Specifically equality regarding the emigres.
Napoleon brought the emigres back to bring peace to areas of France that had been at war. There was liberty and equality for the emigres with merging a new social order to include them, where previously, they were not. Napoleon also ensured equality for religions with the Concordat.
Bibliography:
SparkNotes Editors. “SparkNote on Napoleon Bonaparte.” SparkNotes.com. SparkNotes LLC. 2005. Web. 30 Apr. 2014.
Blaufarb, Rafe. "Napoleon I." World Book Student. World Book, 2014. Web. 29.Apr.2014.
Holmberg, Tom. "Napoleon and the French Revolution." Napoleon Internet Guide. 1998.
Based on the facts I found in my three articles, I say Napoleon saved the French Revolution
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