Who was Napoleon Bonaparte?

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In a time of political chaos, Napoleon Bonaparte rose up from the turmoil that was France following the revolutions of 1789 and brought steadiness to an upset nation. Napoleon had an undoubtedly immense and enduring influence over France. Despite some of the detrimental influences, such as his overwhelming hunger for power, Napoleon did give an overall positive contribution to France. He accomplished and gave a great deal to the French nation and its' people.

Starting his military career very early in life he attended military academy in Paris as a boy. He went on to command and win many military victories. Politicians promoted him into more and more positions of power. This enabled him to finally overtake the directory and eventually rise to the top as a self-made emperor. He was able to do this with the support of the majority of the voters. Which means he was fairly chosen for the position.

This position enabled him to bring about changes that the French majority desired.

To restore the economy, he controlled highly inflated prices, encouraged new industry and built roads and canals. He built a system of public schools for well-trained military officers. He also made peace with the Catholic Church in the Concordat of 1801. Peasants had their rights to land they had bought from the church and nobles during the revolution recognized. Mainly he restored order to France after it had been plagued with years of chaos.

He was an effective military leader and had many strategies that kept enemy generals guessing. Bonaparte extended French influence into Holland, Switzerland and Savoy-Peidmont, which was annexed to France. Playing a major role in the Imperial Recess in 1803, he was able to consolidate the free cities and minor states of the Holy Roman Empire. Napoleon...