"Let them Eat what they Cannot Have!"

"Let them Eat what they Cannot Have!"
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  • I hereby declare you as emperor of France!
  • Oh no.
  • Because of all of these things that he gave to his country and his people, a price had to come with it. He was a wise man who "knew when nationalism, liberty and equality had to be disregarded," but he also limited/abolished freedom of speech. He followed in the footsteps of Robespierre, sending spies to look for those who weren't on his side. He also imprisoned thousands of people and guillotined the majority of them. After a while of maintaining the position of First Consul, Napoleon had the power to make himself the emperor of France, and he did just that. He was inspired by the Roman Empire and its ways, and he tried to copy/impersonate as much of it as he could, including the solution to the two problems of hunger and economic despair, which so happened to be war.
  • From that point on, Napoleon fought with numerous countries that surrounded him, and he won many, but eventually, his ego got the best of him. After defeating the war against France and Russia and Austria, Napoleon immediately decided to invade Russia, which was not a good plan. The size of his army was too big to keep each individual in it healthy and well-fed, so many died of starvation, dehydration, or disease on the way to Moscow. This did not stop Napoleon, for he was determined, because once he made it to Moscow, he was certain that he would defeat them, and then he and his troops could have as much food, water, and shelter as they pleased. This would have been an excellent idea, but Moscow saw this coming, and to prevent it, they burned their city to the ground. When the French army had arrived in Moscow, there was nothing, so they were left with no other option except to rebuild Moscow from the ground up or return to France with still no food or water; Napoleon chose the latter. By the time he had gotten back to France, 95% of his original troops had died, and this impacted his reputation royally.
  • Moderate Stage (chaos)
  • Reign of Terror (organized)
  • Reactionary Stage (chaos)
  • Heretofore, Napoleon had been an excellent leader, but because of this defeat, he could not fully grasp his power. The country soon went bankrupt, and Napoleon was forced to trade with America to gain a lot of money quickly (the Louisiana Purchase), but this was not enough. A couple years later, the British, Russian, and Austrian forced ganged up on Napoleon, and Napoleon knew his fate was not a win, so he surrendered. He was thereafter exiled to an island called Elba, where, two years later, he would escape back to France, and attempt to regain is power. But during the Battle of Waterloo, he was once again exiled, but to the island St. Helena, which was farther away and even more secluded. There, Napoleon Bonaparte spent his remaining six years, and never tried to return back to France.
  • With Napoleon gone, there was no one officially in charge of France, but there were authorities. These authorities discussed for a while and finally came to the conclusion that something had to be done, and fast, or else France would cease to exist. So step by step, France got back up on its feet; "the West abolished slavery, gave all men the right to vote, abolished the death penalty and improved the workday by exacting a ten-hour day maximum and mandating safe working conditions." While this was happening, the Congress of Vienna was suggesting ways of enforcing the surety that no one who had ideas or actions similar to those of Napoleon's should come to power and how to make sure that the Napoleonic Wars were never impersonated. This was successful for a decent amount of time, and France had finally gotten the stability that Napoleon Bonaparte had promised.
  • To sum up, all of this occurred throughout the course of years, and it was divided into four parts: the Moderate Stage, the Reign of Terror, the Reactionary Stage, and the Napoleonic Stage. The Moderate Stage was first, and it started with the meeting of the Estates General and ended with the March on Versailles. The Reign of Terror was next, starting with the execution of King Louis XVI and ending with the execution of Maximilian Robespierre. The third stage was the Reactionary Stage, starting with the rise of the Directory and ending with the complete disaster that came out of five people being in charge. The final stage ,the Napoleonic Stage, started with Napoleon demanding that he become First Consul (and his reasoning behind why he should be) and ended with Napoleon being exiled for the final time, and King Louis XVII coming into play. It is believed that the stages went from order to chaos, the first and third stages being chaos, and the second and fourth being order.
  • Napoleonic Stage (order)
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