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As a boy, Napoleon attended school in mainland France, where he learned the French language, and went on to graduate from a French military academy in He then became a second lieutenant in an artillery regiment of the French army.
The French Revolution began inand within three years revolutionaries had overthrown the monarchy and proclaimed a French republic. During the early years of the revolution, Napoleon was largely on leave from the military and home in Corsica, where he became affiliated with the Jacobins, a pro-democracy political group.
Infollowing a clash with the nationalist Corsican governor, Pasquale Paolithe Bonaparte family fled their native island for mainland France, where Napoleon returned to military duty.
In France, Napoleon became associated with Augustin Robespierrethe brother of revolutionary leader Maximilien Robespierrea Jacobin who was a key force behind the Reign of Terrora period of violence against enemies of the revolution.
During this time, Napoleon was promoted to the rank of brigadier general in the army. However, after Robespierre fell from power and was guillotined along with Augustin in JulyNapoleon was briefly put under house arrest for his ties to the brothers.
InNapoleon helped suppress a royalist insurrection against the revolutionary government in Paris and was promoted to major general. The following year, the Directory, the five-person group that had governed France sinceoffered to let Napoleon lead an invasion of England.
Instead, he proposed an invasion of Egypt in an effort to wipe out British trade routes with India. That summer, with the political situation in France marked by uncertainty, the ever-ambitious and cunning Napoleon opted to abandon his army in Egypt and return to France.
The Coup of 18 Brumaire In Novemberin an event known as the coup of 18 Brumaire, Napoleon was part of a group that successfully overthrew the French Directory.
Additionally, with the Treaty of Amiens inthe war-weary British agreed to peace with the French although the peace would only last for a year. Napoleon worked to restore stability to post-revolutionary France.
One of his most significant accomplishments was the Napoleonic Code, which streamlined the French legal system and continues to form the foundation of French civil law to this day.
Ina constitutional amendment made Napoleon first consul for life. Two years later, inhe crowned himself emperor of France in a lavish ceremony at the Cathedral of Notre Dame in Paris.
More than a decade later, inafter Napoleon had no offspring of his own with Josephine, he had their marriage annulled so he could find a new wife and produce an heir. Inhe wed Marie Louisethe daughter of the emperor of Austria. In addition to his son with Marie Louise, Napoleon had several illegitimate children.
The Reign of Napoleon I From toFrance was engaged in the Napoleonic Wars, a series of major conflicts with various coalitions of European nations. However, in December of that same year, Napoleon achieved what is considered to be one of his greatest victories at the Battle of Austerlitz, in which his army defeated the Austrians and Russians.
The victory resulted in the dissolution of the Holy Roman Empire and the creation of the Confederation of the Rhine. Beginning inNapoleon sought to wage large-scale economic warfare against Britain with the establishment of the so-called Continental System of European port blockades against British trade.
Inthe French defeated the Austrians at the Battle of Wagram, resulting in further gains for Napoleon. During these years, Napoleon reestablished a French aristocracy eliminated in the French Revolution and began handing out titles of nobility to his loyal friends and family as his empire continued to expand across much of western and central continental Europe.
In retaliation, Napoleon led a massive army into Russia in the summer of In September, both sides suffered heavy casualties in the indecisive Battle of Borodino.
Retreating Russians set fires across the city in an effort to deprive enemy troops of supplies. After waiting a month for a surrender that never came, Napoleon, faced with the onset of the Russian winter, was forced to order his starving, exhausted army out of Moscow.
During the disastrous retreat, his army suffered continual harassment from a suddenly aggressive and merciless Russian army.Napoleon Bonaparte: A Life Aug 26, by Alan Schom. Paperback. $ $ 7 67 $ Only 1 left in stock - order soon. More Buying Choices.
$ ( used & new offers) Kindle Edition. $ Read this and over 1 million books with Kindle Unlimited. $ $ 3 99 to buy. Get it TODAY, Jul Napoleon I, also called Napoléon Bonaparte, was a French military general and statesman.
Napoleon played a key role in the French Revolution (–99), served as first consul of France (–), and was the first emperor of France (–14/15). Today Napoleon is widely considered one of the greatest military generals in history.
Napoleon Bonaparte was born on August 15, in the city of Ajaccio on the island of Corsica. His father was Carlo Buonaparte, an important attorney who represented Corsica at the court of the French King.
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History & Culture. Historians have frequently used the Corsican affair as a microcosm of Napoleon's career. Nov 09, · Napoleon Bonaparte (), also known as Napoleon I, was a French military leader and emperor who conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century. Born on the island of Corsica, Napoleon.
Napoleon was born the same year the Republic of Genoa, a former commune of Italy, transferred Corsica to France. The state sold sovereign rights a year before his birth in , and the island was conquered by France during the year of his birth and formally incorporated as a province in , after years under nominal Genoese rule and 14 years of independence.