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As the title says...
I need some help please, just basic points that i'll then elaborate upon
of the reforms etc he made, which affected Europe in a positive and which in a negative way?


trying to write an essay and am very stuck!
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http://www.associatedcontent.com/art...ct.html?cat=37

I found this. Hope it helps.
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There are so many factors when considering Napoleon as a whole, but nothing was black and white, he benefitted europe and also didn't

It's kind of hard to answer without making it more specific by narrowing it down to like, his domestic policy or his militance
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Napoleon Dynamite is ace.
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(Original post by gostophe)
As the title says...
I need some help please, just basic points that i'll then elaborate upon
of the reforms etc he made, which affected Europe in a positive and which in a negative way?


trying to write an essay and am very stuck!
thanks in advance
The Code Napoleon was probably a very positive achievement, he also spread the ideas of the French Revolution around Europe (whether you think this is positive or not, is another debate). His education reforms were also quite positive too.

However there are a few things which created a negative impact, one the social impact of losing millions of young men, Napoleon himself would argue that he was not to blame for the unceasing wars from 1795-1815 but I believe that if Napoleon had not been Emporer of France the wars would have ended by the turn of the 19th century. There was also the economic impact of the war, many areas of Europe were crippled by it, such as Russia, the Baltic states, the Aquitane region of France.

Thats just a few basic points to start you off.
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Well I dont really know it from Naps POV but I can give it to you from the rest of the leaders:

The Congress of Vienna (1815) everyone annoyed at France, her borders were reduced to those of 1790, made to pay a war indemnity and to suffer an army of occupation.
Bc of the Napoleonic wars-France suffered!

Also after these wars Britain was in so much national debt.
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Can the introduction of a rational bureaucracy really be worth the loss of millions of lives?

That said, Napoleon's eventual impact was to make Europe a much less violent place for a significant amount of time. The Great Powers, who had seemingly been at war with each other, in some form or another, almost constantly throughout the 18th century, managed to avoid conflict with each other for nearly 40 years after 1815, and the next major war was the first world war nearly a century later. If you take the 'eighteenth century' as 1714-1792 and the 'nineteenth century' as 1815-1914, and adjust for population change and the difference in numbers of years, there were eight times as many deaths through war in the eighteenth century as in the nineteenth in Europe (exact figures are in one of the books by Tim Blanning - maybe 'The Nineteenth Century'?). I'm not sure how far you could claim that was Napoleon's doing, but it was certainly as a result of the impact he had.
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someone mentioned the Code Napoleon...then we should also mention the way it was implied on people..napoleon promised liberty and equality, still he did appoint his closest relatives as autocratic rulers in Naples, Westfalia etc...now isn't this a grave contradiction?!


In germany we say that the german unification was started by napoleon. All different german states unified for the first time when they fought against him 1815..so in the long run napoleon (though it surely was not his intention) was the creator of the Deutsche Kaiserreich (bismarck played an important role as well..)
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If Napoleon had not beem Emperor of France, the wars would have ended by the turn of 19th century - with France's defeat. Thousands, maybe even millions would be killed by the Coalition soldiers trying to stifle the French Revolution. It would result in 1848 revolutions probably not happening; at least not that soon. Maybe even we would be born in a feudal system.
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(Original post by Ducar111)
someone mentioned the Code Napoleon...then we should also mention the way it was implied on people..napoleon promised liberty and equality, still he did appoint his closest relatives as autocratic rulers in Naples, Westfalia etc...now isn't this a grave contradiction?!


In germany we say that the german unification was started by napoleon. All different german states unified for the first time when they fought against him 1815..so in the long run napoleon (though it surely was not his intention) was the creator of the Deutsche Kaiserreich (bismarck played an important role as well..)
Napoleon did give people liberty and equality. Some people have betrayed him in the past (like Fouché, for instance), so he couldn't risk, for instance, king of Westfalia, betraying him and joining coalition against him. He put the people he trusted the most at the positions where he couldn't risk being betrayed. If you think that now in politics situation is different, explore littlebit and you'll see it isn't. Ministers are mostly chosen by friendship, rather than ability, and Napoleon's relatives were loyal to him. About the second part of the post, Napoleon created the Confederation of the Rhine, consisting of large parts of Germany. Bavaria didn't betray Napoleon until 1813, for instance, but everyone tries to escape from a seemingly sinking ship. And I'd say Bismarck was much more like Hitler than Napoleon.
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