The Brits seem to demonize napoleon bonaparte and reduce him to nothing more than a tyrant. But can a tyrant have so many loyal men ready to die for him?
Look at a real tyrant like saddam hussein, when he die, people rush to break his statue, or gadaffi who were dragged through the streets.
The french people loves napoleon, they were eager for his return from elba, so much that the soldiers sent to intercept napoleon defected , can an oppressor be so loved by his own people?
You blame him for waging war, for the deaths of battle, remind me again, who was the one who started attacking france to contain the revolution?
History is written by the victors, and as we know, napoleon lost, and gone with him the right for his truth to be remembered. The British surely would not have gave a man they hated so much any good virtues to be kept in the pages of history.
We all know the Brits only hate him for one reason, because he spreads the ideals that would threaten the monarch.
I think Napoleon is a treasure of human civilization, he inspired many to believe that determination and hard work triumphs over birth privilege, that impossible only exists in the dictionary of fools. Napoleon is a hugely contradictory character, and i believe that the negative side is more a result of propaganda than facts.
Was history wrong about napoleon bonaparte? That he is not a tyrant, but a liberator, idealist, an icon of liberty?
A great man, my all time hero.
On one side he removed feudalism from much of Europe and introduced the Napoleonic Code, but on the overhand, I believe he was responsible for the deaths of 4% (?) of the population of Europe.
In my view, the loss of life cannot justify the positive aspects.
Napoleon isn't as black and white as other historical figures such as Hitler and Stalin. He has so many good and bad points. He did introduce the Napoleonic Code that influenced law systems of other countries, introduced freedom of religion, removed feudalism in parts of Europe, and the metric system. At the same time, he reinstated Slavery in Croatia and was sexist, and he was a dictator.
He also revolutionarized warfare.
Napoleon wasn't that of a warmonger that popular history would like you to believe. He only declared war on two countries in the Napoleonic War, Spain and Russia.
In my opinion, i view Napoleon as a man ahead of his time.