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Napoleon: A Power-Hungry Tyrant

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Claudia Lynn

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Transcript of Napoleon: A Power-Hungry Tyrant

Reason 2
-Napoleon would often get carried away and then have to get himself out of the problem he caused.
Napoleon would deceive the public so that they wouldn't know everything he was doing.
Evidence 3a
-The primary document: "Leading articles about the prospects of peace with Napoleonic France in 1804" is my first evidence in supporting that Napoleon deceived the public. In this primary document it is said that Napoleon would undervalue his tactics to please the public. This is a prim example of what a power hungry tyrant would do. He should be making decisions that he can tell the people and that the people can be proud of. Not the other way around, not twist his own words in order to make others happy. If half the people of France knew what Napoleon was really doing they would have put a stop to it and could have saved France from some very big disasters. In a ruler, don't you want them to be honest with you and willing to tell you their plans?
Evidence 3b
With a ruler you expect them to be honest and true. Allowing them to rule the country with the entire country behind them. Without the support of a country behind a ruler there is nothing. If Napoleon had told the people of France some of the things he did in order to succeed he would have been hated by the people. Keeping things from your country is the lowest of the low, he understands that what he is doing does not please his people, yet he continues to do so. In the end this helps France but he took a huge risk in doing this.
Evidence 2a
-The primary document, "The Annual Register for 1808: Napoleon Bonaparte and Spain" is my first evidence in proving that Napoleon would often get carried away. After Napoleons many wins before he thought he might as well take over Spain. He thought the best way to do this was to split up his army , Spain however put up a fight that Napoleon had not seen coming. Making decisions to invade a country just because he was doing well before is a terrible idea. Ideas need to be hatched, plans need to be drawn up, thoughts need to be processed before even thinking about invading. Napoleon on the other hand thought that if he did it once that he could do it again. In some cases that is true you can do that, but in many other cases you will crash and burn.
Evidence 2b
Evidence 1a
-The primary document: "Exposition of the practices which led to the Usurpation of the Crown of Spain" is my first evidence that Napoleon made decisions that would benefit himself rather than others. In this primary document the Treaty of Tilsit is focused on as a Treaty in which Napoleon, Russia, and Prussia become allies. Being allies with Russia and Prussia didn't satisfy him and he began to look for allies in the west, this makes Russia and Prussia angry. Once Napoleon got what he needed from Russia and Prussia he left them to search for allies that could fulfill his new needs. Napoleon is like a little kid who can't sit still for more than 10 minutes, he has to be continually moving and changing. In the end it worked out well for him and his country, but he was not liked my many outside countries because of this. That is the definition of a power hungry tyrant, willing to be an enemy to everyone to get ahead.
Evidence 1b
Napoleon made decisions that would benefit himself rather than others.
Napoleon: Power-Hungry Tyrant
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Rebuttal
-Napoleon is an Enlightened Revolutionary
Reason 1
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However doing this allowed Napoleon to have multiple allies that would greatly benefit him and his country.
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- Deceiving the public, however would at times be a good thing, because then they couldn't object to things that would end up as great things.
Those rash decisions that Napoleon made occasionally ended in his favor.
-Napoleon greatly improved Europe and many things he changed are still the same today in Europe.
-In the primary document: "Leading articles- France and the Allied Armies: Emperor Bonaparte: Movements
of." is my second evidence that Napoleon made decisions that would benefit himself rather than others. This primary document is talking all about France's allies and what Napoleon got out of each ally. A main problem that is addressed in this primary document is Saxony, an Austria city that is allies with France. It is said that Napoleon is "noodling" Austria. So Napoleon is again taking what he needs from his allies and then leaving them for someone new. Napoleon promises things he cannot go through with and has to dig his way out of the hole.
By:Claudia Lynn
-The primary document, "The Annual Register 1815:France" is my second piece of evidence in proving that Napoleon would often get carried away. In this primary document Austria, Russia, Spain, Portugal, Prussia, Sweden, Great Britain, and France all signed a deceleration. Napoleon was quick to sign this which was not a good idea. Signing this did a lot of things such as: restore public tranquility and assistance if there was ever any harm on their country. Allies as we know were not Napoleons strong points.
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