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Son of the Revolution ? Fraser McBain I have chosen to answer essay question 3 on page 121. There are many different views on Napoleon. He is said to be the son of the Revolution, a just man who upheld the Revolution's policies and maintained its ideals. He is also accused of being a traitor, who betrayed the Revolution and returned France to the oppressive way of life that the people suffered under the "Ancien Regime". I think that Napoleon is best described as being a bridge between the old and the new. He succeeded in blending new ideals as well as old traditions, and brought together the best of both worlds. Napoleon had a very metamorphic relationship with the Revolution. In the beginning of his military career he claimed to be the "son of the Revolution". He swore to be a patriot and a passionate supporter of all that the Revolutionary Republic stood for. ...read more.


He reassured the people that this new constitution was based upon true principles of representative government and on the sacred rights of property, liberty and equality. He swore these powers would be strong and ever lasting. This reform shows that he did not exactly support and safeguard the revolution, but he reformed France. Throughout his whole career he was the prince of liberties. In 1816, he declared himself to be the protagonist of the Revolution, charging the French people to respect liberty, and above all equality. He deemed it possible to restrain liberty in extreme cases, but he is quoted as having said, "Heaven forbid that we ever infringe on equality". In this respect, Napoleon truly was the son of the Revolution. Yet he countered his revolutionary actions with seemingly monarchist or royalist actions. In 1804 he crowned himself emporer, thus reestablishing the oppressive system of governing that had lead to the revolution. ...read more.


These bodies made up a council, and it was this council all major, central and local government officials and initiated all legislation. In creating his new system of governement, Napoleon assured his control over French politics, as it appeared to be democratic as the Revolution's Republic had been, yet power was not evenly or justly separate, and certain bodies such as the tribunate were created merely for the purpose of democratic appearance. In conclusion to the question "As heir to the Revolution, did Napoleon safeguard its gains for France?", I would have to say, that Napoleon was neither a true son of the Revolution or a traitor who plunged France back into darkness and oppression. He can be accurately defined as a great military leader who merely combined old and new ways of living and thinking in order to form the most suitable governing body that he could, for love of his country. ...read more.

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