What was Napoleon like?
Everyone knows that Napoleon is a greatFrench commander, who ruled France in the early 19th century. What was the personality of Napoleon Bonaparte? In this article, we will outline the main facts of his life, and also dwell on the most interesting aspects of his life.
Biography of Napoleon
- Napoleon was born on the island of Corsica in 1769 ina family that led its family from aristocrats who came to the island in the 16th century. At the age of 10, Father Napoleon entered the French Cadet School, where his childhood passed, and then to the Paris Military School, which he successfully graduated with as a lieutenant.
- Many do not know how many privations in the early yearsAfter training, Napoleon Bonaparte experienced. Biography of his brilliant career began only after he received the rank of general after the capture of Toulon in 1793. After this, Napoleon successfully conducted the Italian and Egyptian campaigns, and in November 1799 he managed to make a coup d'état in France and concentrated all power in his hands. Having proclaimed himself emperor, he established a dictatorial regime, carried out several reforms, and legislated the "Code of Napoleon".
- In his head, Napoleon had many brilliantplans to conquer a number of countries, which he implemented in the next decade. Thus, with victory Napoleon took Austria, Prussia, Poland, Holland, Spain, thus destroying the Holy Roman Empire. The main goal of the emperor was to conquer England, therefore having won a series of victories in eastern and western Europe, in 1806 Napoleon proclaimed a continental blockade, according to which all the captured countries were to cease trade with England. The constant state of war in European countries led to an economic crisis throughout Europe, and in France the population began to express their discontent with constant recruitments to the army. When in 1812 Napoleon went with his army to Russia, many understood that this was the beginning of the end.
- Defeated in Russia, Napoleon renouncedthe throne, and after an unsuccessful attempt to commit suicide, was exiled to the island of Elba in the Mediterranean Sea. Despite the fact that in 1815 Napoleon managed to leave this island, taking advantage of the riots in France, his "one hundred days of government" in France ended in defeat at Waterloo. The English, who took him prisoner, exiled him to the island of St. Helena away from Europe to the Atlantic Ocean. Thus, those who are interested in the question of which battle Napoleon died in will be disappointed: Bonaparte died on this island of cancer in 1821, in fact being captured by the British.
The Personality of Napoleon
Many researchers of the life of this great commander have always been interested in a number of the following questions:
- Growth. How tall was Napoleon? Naturally, almost all people know that Bonaparte was of small stature, but it's almost impossible to say exactly how tall he was. Various sources indicate that the growth of Napoleon ranged from 157 to 170 cm, but today recognized as the fact that the growth of Bonaparte was only 5 feet 2 inches, which is about 168 cm. This growth is in principle not so small, why then the general was considered to be short? The thing is that since birth, Napoleon was pleased with a large head, because of which the rest of the imbalance of the figure was obtained. Moreover, Napoleon became a general at the age of 26 when he was still a boy, while in France the generals were already growing up, so he was nicknamed the "little corporal".
- Individuality. The personality of Napoleon was formed in the conditions of constant ridicule on the part of classmates, who inferred the inferiority complex from the future commander. Defending himself against the attacks of peers who were abusing him because he was a Corsican, Bonaparte learned not only to resist against everyone, but also to prove that he is the best. So, from the inferiority complex, the ambitions that led Napoleon to conquer the world grew.
- Character. What was Napoleon like? Some enthusiastically call him a genius man, the greatest of those who ever lived on earth. Others consider him a bloodsucker and tyrant, who for many years bleed many countries with whom he fought for the sake of satisfying his love of power.