Napoleon’s rise to power is not unlike other dictators or monarch both historic and modern. He controlled the force and used that force to seize power during a time in which a power vacuum existed. However it is what he did after he seized power that makes Napoleon such a divisive historical figure for unlike many of his modern correlates, Napoleon did indeed usher in positive change for France and all of Europe.
Utilize the primary source Documents below to gain an understanding of the historical events of the time while simultaneously honing your primary source analysis skills!
*The Treaty of Schonbrun (Treaty of Vienna) 1809
*Napoleon’s Recount of Why He Should Be Emperor, a statement to the Senate (1804)
*Exile to St. Helena Journal Entries (1815)
*Napoleonic Code (1804)