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"The Little Corsican", Speaks Of Napoleon Bonaparte And His Political Work

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Napoleon Bonaparte, who is also known as the 'little Corsican', was born on August 15, 1769 in Ajaccio, Corsica. His original name was Napoleone. He had 7 brothers and sisters and his original nationality was Corsican-Italian. He also despised the French and thought they were oppressors of his native land. His father was a lawyer, and was also anti-French. One reason Napoleon may have been such an excellent conqueror was that he was raised in a family of radicals. When Napoleon was nine, his dad sent him to a French military government school where he was constantly teased by the French students for he was small and physically weak. It is because of this that Napoleon is believed to have had ...view middle of the document...

Napoleon was made commander of the French army in Italy. He defeated four Austrian generals in succession, and each army he fought got bigger and bigger. This forced Austria and its allies to make peace with France. But soon after this Napoleon was relieved of his command. He was poor, he was suspected of treason, and he had no friends. No one, least of all the French, would have suspected what Napoleon would do next.In 1795 Napoleon was appointed to put down a revolt in Paris. He calmly took complete control of the situation by ordering his men to simply shoot all the rebels in the streets. The French government was saved, but they decided to form a new government called the Directory.Under the new government Napoleon was made commander of the French army in Italy. During this campaign the French realized how smart Napoleon was. He developed a military tactic that worked very efficiently: he would cut the enemy's army in to two parts, then throw all his force on one side before the other side could rejoin them. Napoleon simply could not be stopped. He was a fast thinker who moved his troops very swiftly. Soon, instead of taking the defensive position Napoleon started taking the offensive position and thus, he started his conquest of Europe...and almost of the world!He started his attack on Austria, which was his first big campaign. During one attack he showed his bravery by forcing his way across a burning bridge . He then attacked the Austrians in Mantua. Austria sent troops there four times, and every time Napoleon crushed them. In 1797 he came within 80 miles of Vienna when Austria surrendered. Napoleon had won 14 battles and 70 combats. He had made the rich lands he conquered feed and pay the French soldiers. Plus millions of francs were sent back to France. This helped France's poor economy tremendously. Napoleon negotiated a treaty called 'Campo Formio' with Austria which forced it to give up it's Netherlands and Lombardy to France. Austria also recognized the Rhine as the eastern boundary of France. In return France gave Austria most of the old Venetian Republic. This treaty was a huge loss for Austria and a significant win for Napoleon.When Napoleon returned to Paris he received a huge welcome. He soon began thinking of pursuing political and military power. He wanted to become the next Alexander the Great, so he asked the Directory if he could take a large army to Egypt. Napoleon came up with a neat idea to accomplish this. If he conquered Egypt, he could attack the English's route to India. He won the battle of the Pyramids in July 1798, but his fleet was obliterated at the Battle of the Nile for it was nothing compared to the British fleet. So Napoleon decided to invade Syria. The English and Turkish troops in Syria had held up successfully against Napoleon so he was forced to retreat back to Egypt. Then later in July 1799, he defeated 10,000 Turks at Aoukir. Shortly after, he returned to France just in time to not be blamed directly...

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