Napoleon Series Archive 2016

Re: Treason and Rebellion are Punishable by Death

The Bourbons were famous imbeciles in terms of ruling from after Louis XIV, all the way down. Yet Napoleon III was a puffed up buffoon. And when all is tallied, Napoleon I, who I am sorry but in the eyes of the European powers (who he hoped to either join or dominate through exactly the same process of rewarding the nobility to govern the people) and some in France signally failed to provide stability for his country by constantly ending up embroiled in dynastic and territorial wars that would have been avoided if he'd simply remained First Consul and not attempted to create a Bonaparte Dynasty which could not be recognised as legitimate while the Bourbon line still continued.

Interesting viewpoint, but most of it isn't relevant to the period. And it should be remembered that Napoleon was not the aggressor in the wars of 1805, 1806, 1807, and 1809. And one of the main reasons that Napoleon opted for the imperial dignity was the repeated assassination attempts against him as First Consul, attempted by the Bourbons and their supporters and supported by the British government.

He was a strong leader, a man with good intentions in regards French society, a undeniable military genius, but all he did was give France about 8 years of prosperity (by constantly invading other countries and ruining them), which even the pre Revolution Bourbons were capable of, even the flawed Charles X was able to give 7 years and then what Louis Phillip I? Both of these reigns did both good and bad but offered arguably more stability, if less satisfaction than Napoleon's decade as Emperor. Who is to say that eventually Napoleon would not have been ousted by the French when someone better came along, or he ticked off the wrong supporters? Certainly not while he was loved by the army, yet French history from 1792 to 1920 is littered with revolutions and coups.

If France was so stable under Charles X, why was there a revolution in 1830 that forced him out?

If Louis Phillipe did so well, why another revolution in 1848?

I would submit that Napoleon's defeat and exile and the repeated attempts by both his French successors and from the other European heads of state, as well as the settlement in Vienna in 1814-1815 (which actually was a meeting to divide the loot) to root out the reforms brought by the Revolution and Consulate, caused much social unrest and brought on more revolutions and upheaval not only in France, but in Belgium and Holland, Spain, Poland and elsewhere.

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