Passion for the PAST from historians of the FUTURE

Napoleon the Hero or Villain? – D.A.

Napoleon the Tyrant or Napoleon the great leader? Napoleon the villain or Napoleon the Hero? Countless historical figures sought power and wealth. Countless historical figures gained such things and used them to wage war on neighbouring nations. This was a normal thing to do in the past as it was, for the most part, socially acceptable and prosperous for one’s country. The difference is that Napoleon gained considerable power and so is remembered for it throughout history. I don’t believe he is a tyrant but a forceful and legitimate leader of France. He built up his country, changed French educational, governmental and justice systems for the better. The new Napoleonic system of law is still the basis of French law in 2010. A tyrant disregards his people’s well-being for his or her own gain. A leader such as Napoleon strives to lift France up to be a great power of Europe and secure the country’s survival and success as well as his name to go down in history.


One response

  1. Do you believe that there is no self-glorification gained through the uplifting of another (especially one’s own country)?

    August 5, 2010 at 6:22 am

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