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What were Napoleon's hobbies and interests?

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msfly4lyf | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 5, 2008 at 10:18 AM via web

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What were Napoleon's hobbies and interests?

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted October 10, 2008 at 1:50 AM (Answer #3)

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As a youth, Napoleon was very interested in history and geography. At the age of 19 or 20, while he was a lieurenant en second in the royal corps of artillery, Bonaparte immersed himself in an assiduous study of military and political history, writing out a synopsis of every book he read. He was also deeply interested in polititcal science and was influenced profoundly by Jean-Jacque Rousseau who wrote The Social Contract. 

On a trip to Paris to make negotiations for his impoverished mother whose husband had died, Napoleon was appalled at the 'red tape' and protracted methods of administrative departments.  After this visit, Napoleon became very interested in politics, and immersed himself in the liberation of his native Corsica in September,1789. 

These early interests fostered Bonaparte's great legal reforms (such as the Code Napoleon) while he was Emperor.  Influenced by Rousseau's writing, he organized the public school system so well that all students throughout the country were on the same curriculum throughout the school year.

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cattish | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2009 at 2:03 PM (Answer #4)

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He was interested in the following:

1. Millitary

2. artillary

3. French lessons

Sorry if I was not much help but whatever....

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cattish | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 17, 2009 at 2:04 PM (Answer #5)

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He was interested in the following:

1. Millitary

2. artillary

3. French lessons

Sorry if I was not much help but whatever....poo you

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