Napoleon Essay

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Napoleon Bonaparte is considered to be to be one of the most influential people in French history because he drastically changed the face of France, which during the early 1700’s to the early 1800’s was one of the most powerful figures in Europe. France during this time was still going through an economic hardship due to overspending which was caused by supporting the Americans during the American Revolution or King Louis XIX overspending. The late 1700’s were incredibly rough for the French, which were experiencing one of the most violent and bloody revolutions that have ever taken place. The French needed someone to help them overcome all these overpowering obstacles. And Napoleon did exactly that. Napoleon is compared to Caesar or Cromwell by many due to the fact that they are all event-making men. “The event-making increases the odds of success for the alternative he chooses by virtue of the extraordinary qualities he brings to bear to realize it. At very least, like Cesar, Cromwell and Napoleon”(p111), which is said in The Hero in History written by Sidney Hook, senior research fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. But the real question lies below. Was Napoleon Bonaparte an “eventful man” or an “event making man”? An eventful man is described as is “any man whose actions influenced subsequent developments along quite different coarse then would have been fallowed if these actions had not taken”(p.108). In a way this hero stumbles into greatness. Most of the circumstances for the eventful man have been pre-arranged by history, and therefore is relatively a simple act. The saying “being at the right place at the right time” comes into play with this hero. Whereas the “event making” man “is an eventful man whose actions are the consequences of outstanding capacities of intelligence, will and character, rather than accidents of position”(p.109).

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