ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Education and Science»
  • History & Archaeology»
  • History of Europe

Why Napoleon is awesome

Updated on July 23, 2015

Napoleon in a Wikipedia nutshell

Napoleon I, Emperor of the French, King of Italy, born Napoleone di Buonaparte (August 15, 1769 - May 5, 1821), was a general during the French Revolution, the ruler of France as First Consul (Premier Consul) of the French Republic from November 11, 1799 to May 18 1804, Emperor of the French (Empereur des Français) under the name Napoleon I (Napoléon 1er) from May 18, 1904 to April 6, 1814, and was briefly restored as Emperor from March 20 to June 2 1815.

Over the course of little more than a decade, the armies of France under his command fought almost every European power, often simultaneously, and acquired control of most of continental Europe by conquest or alliance. The disastrous invasion of Russia in 1812 marked a turning point. Following the Russian campaign and the defeat at Leipzig in October 1813, Napoleon abdicated in April 1814 after the Allies invaded France. He was exiled to the island of Elba. He staged a comeback known as the Hundred Days (les Cent Jours), but was defeated at Waterloo on June 18 1815. He spent the remaining six years of his life on the island of St. Helena in the Atlantic Ocean under British supervision.

Although Napoleon himself developed few military innovations, apart from the divisional squares employed in Egypt and the placement of artillery into batteries, he used the best tactics from a variety of sources, and the modernized French army reformed by several revolutionary governments, to score several major victories. His campaigns are studied at military academies all over the world and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest commanders ever to have lived. Aside from his military achievements, Napoleon is also remembered for the establishment of the Napeoleonic Code.

He also appointed several members of the Bonaparte family and close friends as monarchs of countries he conquered and as important government figures (his brother Lucien was Minister of the Interior of France during the Consulate). Although their reigns did not survive his downfall, a nephew, Napoleon III, ruled France later in the nineteenth century.

In France, Napoleon is seen by some as having ended lawlessness and disorder, and the wars he fought as having served to export the Revoluation to the rest of Europe. The movements of national unification and the rise of the nation state, notably in Italy and Germany, may have been precipitated by the Napoleonic rule of those areas.


Why I love Napoleon

Napoleon is my hero. He always has been. I'm not French, but I've always been fascinated by Napoleon and his achievements. He had accomplished so much in a lifetime.

Here are the reasons why I love Napoleon:

1. He proves short people can kick butt!

He was 5'6" but incredible!

2. He well-rounded (even literally...).

He was a husband, son, father, military leader, and emperor. He addressed a variety of issues as a leader, published newspapers, and was a great swing dancer. Just kidding. Maybe.

3. He was the model of tenacity.

For everything he did he showed how far you can get in the world even if you're just one person. Too cool.

4. He was so awesome arsenic didn't kill him.

He was administered arsenic over time but stomach cancer is supposedly what caused his death.

5. Napoleon Dynamite is named after him.

And if he's not, he should be.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      Kim-Dubai 6 years ago

      I like the dude but one hsvr to sdmit, french dhould stick to fashion , litrature and leave politics and war games and building an empire to the not a fan of english domination or colonialesem but hey ....they were the greatest empire and their culture rules the world?where are the french or france say in the EU?

      They managed to beat the short dude many times on land and in sea ....

    • profile image

      nona 6 years ago

      his behavior was firmly against the ideal why?

    • ishwaryaa22 profile image

      Ishwaryaa Dhandapani 6 years ago from Chennai, India

      I like your 'Why i love Napolean' points a lot! WEll-detailed Hub with a nice Ending!

    • profile image

      Sarah Songbird 6 years ago

      *Standard, sorry.

    • profile image

      Sarah Songbird 6 years ago

      It's okay, I love Napoleon, too. I've recently developed a...well, I don't know that you would call it an infatuation with him, because it's not like I'm attracted to him, but it's more of an obsession with him. If you sit me down I can tell you his entire life story in 20 minutes. In fact, I did that to my best friend over the phone on Monday night!

      I still think that Napoleon is a fine role-model, though.

      Also, I don't care that it was standered then; short people rock. I'm 4'11 and I'm definitely not getting any taller.

    • profile image

      Talon 7 years ago

      It's pretty sad for people to say that Napoleon was a "monster of an inflated ego and a huge lust for power". He was the person *least* responsible for the wars that bear his name. Britain and her Continental mercenaries are the ones at fault.

    • glassvisage profile image

      glassvisage 7 years ago from Northern California

      Haha, thanks blue parrot for trying to find me some alternate role models! :)

    • blue parrot profile image

      blue parrot 7 years ago from Madrid, Spain

      Sorry, glassvisage, but I have to agree with christopheranton. Well, imitate Boney in tenacity, that's good. But, heck, you can find a lot of other short people to be models. Try Churchill, for instance. Too many of those dictators who came after Napoleon imitated his ruthlessness, his cynicism, his awful ego-centrism, his histrionics, his delusions. And they all brought terrible suffering on the world. Read Caulaincourt and see how he used people. He was a pathological optimist, which might sound like heaven to someone who falls easily into depression but it was hell for all those soldiers who followed him to Russia.

    • christopheranton profile image

      Christopher Antony Meade 7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      So what's so good about him? His overweening ambition plunged Europe into twenty years war. After he was defeated, and given a more honourable settlement than he deserved with the sovereignty of Elba, he came back, and plunged the continent into a further 100 days war. A lot of people died because of this man,s ambition. Among the less well known of his crimes was the kidnapping of Pope Pius VI, and the kidnapping and murder of The Duc D,Enghein.

      In my opinion Bonaparte was a horrible man. Hanging would have been too good for him. Do you know that 200,000 of his "Grand Armee" died in his retreat from Moscow? He only went there because he broke the treaty of Tilsit, which he had previously made with Russia. I bet you Hitler was thinking of him when he invaded Chzechoslavikia, also in contravention of an agreement. And please dont try to tell me that he gave people the Napoleonic code. Mussolini made the trains run on time, and Hitler built the Autobahn and gave people the volkswagen car. Even monsters can do some good.

    • christopheranton profile image

      Christopher Antony Meade 7 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      It is odd how the passage of time can allow people to look through rose tinted glasses at people, and make heroes of some. No doubt in another hundred years many will be praising Hitler for his oratory, and forgetting that he was a warmongering despot.

    • profile image

      Adele 7 years ago

      I love Napoleon~! I'm so happy someone else likes him too. Everyone makes fun of me for not hating I'm going to use these ideas if you don't mind...

    • glassvisage profile image

      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Good call, Outline... I didn't think about his height in proportion to his society. Thanks for dropping by!

    • profile image

      Outline 8 years ago

      I'd just like to point out that 5'6" in that day is like being 5'9" today. Not exactly the shortest, in fact he was almost average for his day, it's just our modern perception of his height that we classify him as short. also @GGarza, can you not help but agree with Napoleon for wanting to expand his empire? It would have been a crime to neglect the thought of taking over Europe knowing that he could (and did). War mongerer? mabye. but don't forget that if war could be avoided, Napoleon did take advatage of it. take Austria for example, techinacally they were allies in the war because instead of destroying them (which he very well could have done), Napoleon opted to form a truce with them. Ultimately it was Russia that destroyed Napoleon. If he hadn't tried to conquer them at the time he did, who knows how long Napoleon could have help Europe (with the help of 700,000 soldiers :D). If we learn one thing it should be... DON'T INVADE RUSSIA IN THE WINTER (an army cut down to what was it? 1/14th of its size without a major battle THAT'S INSANE, poor Napoleon). No joke, mother nature LOVVVVEESSSS Russia! WHY? The two coldest winters in Russia that were recorded in the past 250 YEARS were that of 1812 (the year Napoleon invaded) and the winter of 1941, the winter where Hitler decided to invade :D!!!

    • glassvisage profile image

      glassvisage 8 years ago from Northern California

      Thanks everyone for your comments! Clearly Napoleon garners a range of opinions. Very true that he was a war monger... and he was very good at it!

    • GGarza profile image

      GGarza 8 years ago

      Nevertheless, Napoleon was a war monger. He was not satisfied with governing France, he set out to conquer Russia and the rest of Europe. If he had only kept to France, he might be more respected. But he brought death and destruction. Don't forge that.

    • The Real Tomato profile image

      The Real Tomato 9 years ago

      He is inspiring! Conquering most of the known world by age 25- geeze, I would love to know how he was raised. I think back to what I was doing when I was 25...Perhaps it is time to raise the bar.

    • ebnflorence profile image

      ebnflorence 9 years ago

      As Elba III ( family name inherited from grandmother and aunt) I use elbaisle@____ as an email address. It's quite doubtful Napoleon ever heard this but often the palindrome "Able was I ere I saw Elba" is recited upon introduction. My husband and I made a point to visit Waterloo in Belgium but have never made it to the Napoleon's island of exile.

      Thanks for bringing Napoleon to the forefront ---- a most fitting place for the General and Emperor.


    • profile image

      Nberry 9 years ago

      This is a fun read- just finished a speech on the Napoleonic Code and I don't take issue with anything that you have said. I think Napoleon was a people pleaser- the people wanted a leader and that's what they got..... seriously, in a decade he took a famished murderous, nation in turmoil and made it a thriving European super hero (I won't use tyrant because let's be honest, the royalists were the tyrants!). Revolutions don't just happen for no particular reasons and just because the Brits won doesn't mean they can recreat Napoleon as the "boogie man." I have read a few revolution and Napoleonic historical fiction books, these books are what spun my interests in Napoleon. They always potray him as a good man who was forced with hard decissions to keep France on top of it's game! Anyways- good to know I'm not the only one who thinks he rules!!! ;)

    • Jay Omega profile image

      Jay Omega 9 years ago

      Thanks, glasssvisage. Enjoyable indeed.

      I have gradually come to realize through life that I have more links to Napoleon than I would have ever thought. It was nothing short of astonishing to learn that my two favorite mathematicians, Laplace and Fourier, spent time as officers on Napoleon's staff.

      And now I am married to a lady named Elba!

    • profile image

      Bluebird213456789 9 years ago

      Very helpful

    • lemarquis72 profile image

      lemarquis72 9 years ago

      It's good to find a fellow Bonaparte admirer on hubpages. i'm working on a hub about my favorite Napoleonic books and films. I do take issue with a few things you wrote here, but all in all it's a great hub.

      - Ciao bella