Due Monday, March 3, 2014
Napoleon Bonaparte was many things to many people during his lifetime. To many Frenchman then and now he was a true patriot to the cause of French nationalism. Still others considered him an heir to the revolutionary spirit and zeal of the French Revolution. Finally there are those (particularly his enemies!) who consider him nothing more than a petty tyrant who left a path of destruction and death across the landscape of France and Europe.
So what was Napoleon; patriot, revolutionary or dictator? For this blog, each student must make an historically based judgement of Napoleon Bonaparte and his legacy upon France and Europe. You must post a choice for one of the three (patriot, revolutionary or dictator) and then defend your selection. Remember no defense is ever complete without the use of supporting facts! The following links may help you in your quest in answering one of the questions that historians to this day still debate!
Napoleon as Military Commander
Napoleon Bonaparte: French revolutionary or military dictator?
Napoleon and the French Revolution
Napoleon as Spin-Doctor and Mythmaker
The Legend of Napoleon
The Revolution, Napoleon and Education
The Civil Code
The Concordat of 1801: Napoleon Bonaparte Makes a Deal With Pope Pius VII
Documents of the Continental System
Treasures of Napoleon