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6. How would you explain the rise of Napoleon?


How would you explain the rise of Napoleon?


The French Revolution became an indirect result for the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte as an emperor. Due to revolution, there was political, social and economic instability in France which led to struggle for power. Napoleon took advantage of the situation and crowned himself as the Emperor of France in 1804. He started conquering the neighbouring European countries except Britain and Russia. He was a brilliant general. In political, social and economic fields, he made certain reforms which were associated with the French Revolution. Napoleon continued the old taxation policy of revolution. Napoleon viewed himself as a modernizer of Europe. However, he could not rule for longer as Britain, Russia, Russia and Austria jointly defeated him in 1815 at Waterloo.

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