Did Napoleon preserve the ideals of the French Revolution, as he claimed, in his domestic policies?
The Civil Code recognized equality of all citizens before the law, and he did open government careers to more people.
So to that extent he did preserve the revolutionary ideals.
All people equal in the eyes of the law: no
special privileges for clergy, nobles, etc
2. Feudal rights are ended
3. Trail by jury guaranteed
4. Religious freedom guaranteed
5. Wives could own her own property (with
her husband’s permission in writing)
Napoleonic Code of Law In Louisiana: Napoleonic Code still exists
The Influence of the Napoleonic Code Wherever it was implemented [in the conquered territories], the Code Napoleon swept away feudal property relations.
It is not what is true that counts, but what people think is true Public education does not suit women, as they are not called upon to live in public… marriage is their whole estimation In France, women are considered too highly. should not be regarded as equal to men, In reality they are nothing more than machines for producing children
France under Napoleon sometimes seemed similar to France under King Louis. The Prison and Courts system was “officially” different, in that you could no longer be put in prison without charge, nobles did not have special rights anymore, but even in Napoleon’s rule there were restrictions. He had secret police force which could arrest people without trial. Napoleon, like King Louis, and unlike the Revolution tried to censor and control the newspapers, and free speech was not all that allowed.
“ If the press is not controlled, I shall not remain three days in power.” Napoleon
See what I have built to honor my accomplishments!
The dependent states were kingdoms that Napoleon’s relatives ruled, including Spain, Holland, Italy, and the Grand Duchy of Warsaw.
Napoleon’s Military Accomplishments The allied states were those Napoleon defeated and forced to join him in war against Britain. These included Prussia, Austria, Russia, and Sweden Napoleon sought to spread some of the principles of the French Revolution, including equality before the law, religious toleration, and economic freedom, through his empire. He urged his rulers to be constitutional kings.
Napoleon’s Major Military Campaigns Trafalgar (Lord Nelson: Fr. Navy lost!) Britain France 1805: Sea Power
“ Napoleon on His Imperial Throne” 1806 By Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres
Josephine’s Divorce Statement (1807) With the permission of our august and dear husband, I must declare that, having no hope of bearing children who would fulfill the needs of his policies and the interests of France, I am pleased to offer him the greatest proof of attachment and devotion ever offered on this earth.
Napoleon’s Divorce Statement (1807) Far from ever finding cause for complaint, I can to the contrary only congratulate myself on the devotion and tenderness of my beloved wife. She has adorned thirteen years of my life; the memory will always remain engraved on my heart.
Marie Louise (of Austria) married Napoleon on March 12, 1810 in Vienna
Marie Louise (of Austria) with Napoleon’s Son (Napoleon Francis Joseph Charles: 1811-1832)