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Fall of Napoleon

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´╗┐THE FALL OF NAPOLEON Napoleon?s fall from power was a very important time in history as it had disastrous effects for some, and good effects for others. The world just changed forever; new national boundaries were set and conquered nations became ruleless. This lead to rebellions to break out all over the world. All this started because Napoleon wanted to expand the territory of France and he was not happy with conquering only the rest of Europe. He wanted to dominate all over the world. Although France had a great military strength, Britain was always there. They meant a big problem as they were France?s greatest enemy and their naval power was unbeatable. The truth is that Napoleon?s fall was caused by his own men. There were four major mistakes; the Continental System, the Peninsular Wars, the invasion of Russia and the fact that they tried to make people more French. They tried to spread Enlightenment ideas in conquered nations, leading to nationalism. Napoleon had in mind breaking down Britain by blockading them from ports to give them economic problems. ...read more.


Trying to make people more French was Napoleon?s fourth mistake. As he conquered territories, he expected everyone to obey French customs and laws and to do the same things as people did in France. This enraged people and some of them rebelled against him. Not everyone, as they did not even know they could do so. The fifth mistake of Napoleon?s men was spreading the Enlightenment ideas, which the French has used during the French Revolution to get rid of the absolute monarch. The people were inspired by ideas of ?natural rights?, such as the rights of life, liberty and property. This meant that if the government didn?t do what the majority of the citizens wanted, they could rebel against the government, abolish it and form a new one to replace the previous one. As Napoleon?s people spread these ideas, people became aware that they could eventually do something to stop the misery they were living in. The previous mistake led to the last, sixth mistake, which therefore caused Napoleon?s fall of power. People did not want to accept living with French customs and laws, so the birth of nationalism happened. ...read more.


As Napoleon conquered the countries, he or his family took the power. The Congress of Vienna had to fix this as well and it was agreed to reinstate the absolute monarchs. They were Kings with full power and people had to do whatever the King told them to. But the problem was that people already knew about the Enlightened ideas, because they had been spread. These were the Liberals. On the other hand, there were the Radicals but at least they were willing to do something. The citizens were ignored completely, as if the Enlightenment ideas did not exist, as if they wanted to erase it out of peoples? minds. This lead to the third and final reason. Radicals were willing to fight for their rights. This lead to rebellions breaking out all over Europe against the absolute monarchs. Over time, the Liberals were also encouraged to take part in the rebellions. Napoleon?s fall might have had devastating effects but now we can say that it is a major turning point in world history. Nations had boundary changes, there were confusions because of the countries? leaders and rebellions against absolute monarchs. All this caused great differences in human history. It caused many things that otherwise wouldn?t have happened to happen in recent and the present-time world. ...read more.

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