Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Re: Magna Carta vs Declaration of Rights

I submit that you have to view the historical documents that lead to representative government in both Great Britain and the United States in context. The Magna Carta was the first one, the assembled nobles forcing King John (who was a skunk of the first class) to sign a document that did not benefit him as king. That began the road to the Declaration of Independence, and that road is spotted by other documents such as the Mayflower Compact, the Halifax Resolves and many others. All of them led to the US Constitution which in its directness, simplicity, and codification of basic civil rights, is a masterpiece denoting the progression in both civil rights and government in the West.

Similarly, the Rights of Man that came out of the French Revolution led to the Code Civile, or the Code Napoleon, and the recognition of basic civil rights and equality before the law in France brought on by the overthrow of a corrupt monarchy and Church, and its codification and implementation under Napoleon.

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