What were Napoleon Bonaparte's political accomplishments?

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Napoleon Bonaparte's political accomplishments include the overthrow of the Directory, the Napoleonic Code, the establishment of the Central Bank of France, the sale of the Louisiana Territory to the US, the reform of the French educational system, and his return from exile to become emperor once again. Let's look at...

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Napoleon Bonaparte's political accomplishments include the overthrow of the Directory, the Napoleonic Code, the establishment of the Central Bank of France, the sale of the Louisiana Territory to the US, the reform of the French educational system, and his return from exile to become emperor once again. Let's look at these in more detail.

Napoleon was already a military commander and hero when he decided that the Directory, which had been governing France, had to go. Napoleon conspired with several others to overthrow the Directory in November of 1799, and he took the position of first consul. Only three years later, he was made consul for life, and later, he became emperor. He used his power to centralize and streamline the government.

We can also identify the Napoleonic Code as one of Napoleon's major political accomplishments. This law code aimed for equality and reason above social privilege and custom. Many other countries adopted varieties of it over the years.

Napoleon's other accomplishments include the establishment of the Central Bank of France to stabilize the economy. He also negotiated the sale of the Louisiana Territory to the U.S. to bring in much-needed funds. The educational system felt Napoleon's influence, too, as he founded schools and standardized curricula.

Finally, Napoleon never gave up his political ambitions, and even after he was exiled to Elba, he came back to rule as emperor once again. The people loved him, and perhaps this was one of his greatest accomplishments.

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