By Susan P. Conner
Hegel referred to as him "an notion on horseback," an outline that means Napoleon Bonaparte's complexity, in addition to the level to which he replaced France, Europe, and the realm. Napoleon has been known as a visionary, a pragmatist, a cynical opportunist, an ogre, and a demigod. right here, he's defined in his personal phrases and the phrases of his contemporaries: from his clannishness to his knack for being on the correct position on the correct time, and from his genius to his obsession with aspect.
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In the prerevolutionary Old Regime, however, that statistic would have been far lower. On paper, the legislative power of the Constitution of the Year VIII was shared, but, in practice, the First Consul also controlled it. , the First Consul with the assistance of his Council of State) drafted legislation that was then sent to the Tribunate, a body of 100 members who were at least 25 years of age, where drafts of the laws were discussed and recommendations were made for their adoption or rejection.
His handwriting was cramped and hard to decipher; his mastery of French, his second language, left much to be desired. But he was quick to learn those things that interested him and what he wanted most was admission to the school of France's finest officers. In October 1784, Napoleon entered the Ecole Militaire in Paris, where scarcely a year later he graduated and was commissioned as a second lieutenant of artillery stationed at Valence, France. Much has been made of his rank of 42 n d in a class of 58, but he had passed through France's leading military school in one year rather than two or three, and he had been the first Corsican to do so, working in a language and a society that he had known for less than seven years.
The French had seen nothing yet. Returning to the field, Napoleon ended the coalition against France on the continent, made successful overtures to Britain for peace, and by 1801 had begun his plan to remake France. "35 From then until 1815, it was Napoleon who was puppet master, controlling the strings of history 17 THE AGE OF NAPOLEON 18 Work Is My Element From the coup and constitution that brought Napoleon to power until his first abdication, Napoleon was tireless in remaking France and Europe.