Napoleonas a key and significant figure that supported the ideals of theFrench Revolution and the people of France
TheFrenchRevolution,a defining moment in the history of the French nation was a period ofsocial and political turmoil in France that carried on for a periodof eleven years. The political and social instabilities experiencedby France during this time saw the ascension of Napoleon Bonaparteinto power. It is at this particular period that the French citizensruined and altogether again restructured and reshaped the country’soverall stance and outlook with a major interest in eradicating thecountry’s outdated systems and ending the political,social and economic upheavals that were prevalent in the country.
Unrestsand instabilities were prevalent in France at this particular timewhere for example, the political crisis and the revolution concurredwith the worst famine in France (Witness History). However, Napoleonended these turbulences when he ascended into power. TheFrench revolution was a massive influence and a result of theenlightenment heights that were founded on threemain ideals liberty, equality andfraternity.Whilethere were many causes of the French Revolution, defective financialpractices, a confusing and unstable government, agrarian anguish andenlightenment ideals were one of the strongest dynamics that led tothe revolution [ CITATION Kil14 l 2057 ].According to the French people, enlightenment was to reach even thetiniest hamlets(Age of the Sage). Hence, the French revolution demonstarted thepower of the common people in a manner no successive administrationin France has ever allowed itself to overlook(Schwartz).
Itcannot be ignored that when Napoleon rose into power, he clearlyvalidated and indicated his strong submission and compliance to theideals of the French revolution as the Revolutionwas about who should rule at home (The Imaginative Conservative).Napoleonled France to many triumphs and achievements ashe was aninfluential figure in reconstructing the nation and making sure thatthe ideals of the revolution were achieved.
Itis therefore prudent enough to say that Napoleon did not at any onetime betray the ideals of the French Revolution nor the people ofFrance but plannedto support them by making reforms that the French nationals neededthe most.This is because the French revolution was clearly a revolution of thepeople (Maxwell). This paper hence gives a scope of Napoleon’scontributionsthat left a lasting and enduring impression on France and had asignificant impact on shaping the country’s economy and thecitizens well -being, hence strongly opposing the statement thatNapoleon betrayed the ideals of the revolution and the people ofFrance.
Religiousfreedom and liberty: Napoleon made significant changes and anenduring impact on the French society concerning their religiousfreedom. Before the French Revolution, France had been subdued bythe Catholic Church and this denied the French citizens largely thefreedom of worship. Additionally, variousrights of the nobility and the clerics formed a very unequalpolitical, social and economic state in France[ CITATION Ace12 l 2057 ].Before the revolution broke out, most discussion of rights in Francedid not focus on the predicament of the religious subgroups(Enlightment and Human Rights). However,when Napoleon came to power, he advocated for the religious freedomof the citizens and eradicated suppression and freed the serfs,making him to be regarded as very liberal force in France to datethat fought for the liberty and fraternity of the France nationals.
Educationreforms and equality: When Napoleon rose to power, he made sureto restructure and restore equality in France’s education system. In his efforts to streamline the education system he revived theprimary schools in France, established a new select secondary systemof schools and founded other numerous schools for the Frenchnationals (Maxwell). Among his many othercontributions towards making significant reforms and re-structures inthe learning system, Napoleon also made sure to promote educate amonggirls as well as enhance and boost the schools instructors’training. This eventually made a significant impact to French’slearning system which soared up with rising literacy levels. This hedid to make the revolution’s principle of equality materialize.
Legalreforms: Legal reforms were one of the many changes that Napoleonanticipated to establish so as to also achieve equality in Francewhen he ascended into power. And true to this, by the time Napoleon‘sreign was over, France’s legal structure had undergone a completeoverhaul where the legal system was more cohesive, consistentand advanced. Through his contributions to the legal system, today,one of his reforms, the Code Napoléon forms the basis and is thecenter of law in France and also in a number of other countriesaround the globe[ CITATION Ace12 l 2057 ].
Economicreforms:before the French revolution, the French had been experiencing one ofthe worst and failing economies and this fact was one of the manyreasons that prompted and stimulated the French revolution. TheFrench nationals needed an economy that would promote equality,liberty and fraternity amongst themselves (Ageof the Sage).However, when Napoleon came to power he made a complete overhaul tothe economy and turned it around in just one year. Significant andevident to the new economy were just and nondiscriminatory taxes,enhanced and heightened infrastructure, a complete control over thecountry’s monetary system and a development of the country’smanufacturing and trade industries. These among many other reformsthat Napoleon introduced during his reign are clear evident thatNapoleon respected the ideals of the French Revolution and thus thepeople of France all together.
Tradeexpansion:Alongwith making legal, educational and social reforms to his country,Napoleon also made significant changes that positively impacted thecountry’s trade systems. He did this by building new canals,channels, waterways and roads, allowing for the quicker movement ofgoods to and from France. Clearly, Napoleon had a significant andprogressive positive influence on Frances’s trade system sinceduring his rule, he enhanced the country’s trade consequentlyhelping to establish a stable economy for the country.With a stable economy, fairness and righteousness such as fair andlow price for goods were comfortably achieved.The revolution would therefore pave the way for modern freedoms andindependent institutions by eliminating serfdom, aristocraticprivileges, the church’s hegemony over politics and the injusticesbefore the law(Acemoglu and Cantoni).
Inconclusion, it is evident that Napoleon was a key and significantfigure both to his
countryFrance and Europe as well. It is in his reign and era that Franceexperienced massive and significant changes in its social, economic,legal and political fields where the reforms were aimed at achievingand sustaining liberty, equity and fraternity. Most importantly,Napoleon made efforts to see to it that all citizens were treatedwith fairness and that the three ideals of the French revolution wereachieved. Napoleonwasa significant contributory figure in rebuilding France as hisgovernment strived to reconstruct the country, especially throughreforms that were directed at making sure the ideals of therevolution were achieved. Distinctly, Napoleon’s leadership put anend to the turbulences and instabilities that had become rampant inFrance and put in place an administration that brought impartiality,independence and stability to the almost failing state.
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