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The Civil Code

Napoleon in later life considered the Civil Code to be the most significant of his achievements. This section includes a copy of the code and articles relating to it.

The Civil Code: an Overview by Tom Holmberg

A look at the origins of the code, the reasons why it was written, the process that went into its drafting, what was unique about it, and the impact of the code on French society and the world. This paper won the 2002 Napoleon Series Writing Contest "Best Social, Economic, Political, Cultural, or Scientific Paper Award"!

The Civil Code (Code Napoleon)

This is the complete Code Napoleon in English!


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