In what ways was Napoleon Bonaparte, "The Son of the Revolution"; what was his legacy?

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Napoleon Bonaparte was truly a “Son of the Revolution” because his career and fame were a direct result of his performance in the French Army during the revolution.

Napoleon was stationed in Corsica when the revolution broke out, where his skills as an artillery commander became highly prized by the three factions vying for control of the island. He ultimately sided with the Jacobeans, and soon gained the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, commanding an entire battalion of volunteers.

He eventually came to the attention of the French government after his capture of Toulon, and soon the newly appointed artillery general was expounding his thoughts on general strategy to the governing council of Revolutionary France. As you probably know, he eventually leveraged this trust into special executive powers, which eventually made him Emperor of France.

Despite his power grab, Napoleon’s career had several important milestones that continue to affect us today. His military theories and strategies are still studied and implemented today, even in the world of modern warfare. He also implemented a system of laws known as the Napoleonic Code, which has been the predecessor of many modern systems of law and order in the western world.