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One of Napoleon's main domestic policies was to sign a concordat with the Catholic Church that, while restoring some of the church's power, meant that the church gave up its ability to control politics in France. Instead, the Vatican recognized the power of the Republic and officially relinquished lands that the church had lost earlier in the French Revolution. The concordat also allowed freedom of religion in France. While Catholicism was the religion of the majority of people in France, it was not the religion of the state.

The Napoleonic Code established five codes of laws: civil codes, commercial codes, penal codes, and codes of criminal and civil procedures. These codes provided all French citizens with the same basic rights and disallowed privileges based on birth. All citizens were allowed freedom of religion and the right to apply for government positions.

Napoleon also established a new educational system that afforded some education to girls (though not on the same level as boys). While primary schools were the responsibility of local areas, the state took over the control of secondary schools (while some were still operated by the church). Beyond secondary schools, 30 lycées were established, and scholarships were offered to make sure that talented students from all classes were able to secure the education necessary for future careers in government and the military. 

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One notably bad thing about the Napoleonic Code was that these laws had a negative impact on the rights of women.

The Napoleonic Code established one set of laws for all of France.  Under these laws, women had very few rights.  For example, divorce was much harder for women to get than men.  Before the Code, different parts of France had had different laws about this and other aspects of women's rights.  So, in this way, the reforms hurt women because they established one set of laws for all of France and those laws were less protective of women's rights than the laws of some areas had been before.

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Napoleon instituted a number of domestic reforms in France, but the price of those reforms was authoritarian rule under himself. He instituted the Code Napoleon which guaranteed equality under the law for all male citizens, He established the Bank of France, and instituted the use of the metric system. He signed a Concordat with the Vatican that allowed Catholics to practice their religion freely and also provided religious freedom to Jews and Protestants. Even so, he could be draconian. Since Napoleon was away at war most of the time, his surrogate, one Joseph Fouche, instituted a police state where freedom of the press was suppressed and those suspected of disloyalty were often arrested and jailed without trial. It's hard to say if the people of France considered Napoleon's reforms worth the price.

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What was Napoleon's domestic policy?

Napoleon trained at a military school, which was shown during his control of the French Army of Italy. While Napoleon was leading the French Army, things were falling apart in France. Financially the country was failing,...

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which assisted in the country's political unrest. This very much angered Napoleon and he ended up returning home. Around the year of 1800, Napoleon took the role of a military dictator and the people of France were very welcoming of Napoleon. Napoleon made himself Emperor of France in the early 1800's, which was vital for both France and Europe.

Napoleon believe that he had to be the one in complete control, but also a statesman controlling foreign policy, which was extremely difficult. Napoleon believed that France should have a very strong government, which he would control. In his domestic policy, he virtually reverse any gains of the Revolution and instead, he took away people's liberties. However; he did make decisions in favor of the people of France. One major law that Napoleon enforced was Code Napoleon, which brought forth equality under the law, as well as freedom of religion. On the downside, women were inferior to men, children lacked any sort of rights, and trade unions were illegal.

Napoleon is a very interesting historical emperor and military leader, and I would highly recommend looking more into his policies and accomplishments.

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Critically examine the domestic policy of Napoleon Bonaparte.

The principal aims of Napoleon's domestic policy were simple: to unify the various factions that had been fighting continually since the Revolution and to concentrate power in his own hands, turning the Republic into an Empire in much the same way that Augustus had in Rome.

Napoleon's most important and far-reaching reform was the Napoleonic Code, which remains the basis of French law to this day. The Code bestowed the same legal rights on all French citizens and abolished privileges based on noble birth. It also guaranteed freedom of religion and reformed the government bureaucracy so that advancement was based on education, not birth and patronage.

Napoleon also reformed the education system, allowing women more access to education and increased legal rights. His economic policy included the establishment of a French central bank.

Set out on paper, Napoleon's domestic policies appear very liberal. However, there are two important caveats which must modify the picture of a benign reformer. The first is that Napoleon's expansionist foreign policy meant that his domestic reforms generally took a back-seat and were not fully or conscientiously implemented in practice. The second is that whenever a freedom might have threatened Napoleon's position, it was ruthlessly curtailed so that, for instance, there was very little political freedom of speech or freedom of the press under his regime.

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