Was Napoleon a Liberator or a Conqueror?

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Throughout Napoleon's rule many questions had risen pondering about Napoleons actions and his state of mind. One of those was if whether Napoleon was a liberator or a conqueror. Truth is that Napoleon was a conqueror. The only thing that Napoleon was focused on was his main goal; to conqueror and control all of Europe. That in which Napoleon had made himself clear that nothing could ever get in the way of him having complete and absolute power. Since Napoleon was much shorter than others; he felt that he had to accomplish a lot to be placed above everyone else.

Napoleon would always indeed chose the other side which had more power than the other; not caring which side was his true, honest opinion. As he once had mentioned: "Since one must take sides, one might as well choose the side that is victorious, the side which devastates loots and burns.

This shows that Napoleon had no true devotion to politics and never took notice of what was just or not; all he cared about was power.

Upon hearing this some may bring up the subject that Napoleon was indeed Pro-revolution; and he conquered lands so he could spread it to other countries as well. The only reason why Napoleon was in fact "Pro-revolution" was because his own country favored it and he realized that without the support of his people he had no chance of coming to power. Take for example the Napoleonic Code, Even thou half of the French revolution stood for woman finally gaining equal rights; in the code Napoleon took away many of those new rights away women. This just proves that Napoleon was in fact not pro-revolution at all; instead he was much more into imperialism which is what lead him to conquer other lands.