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date: 03 August 2021

p. 120Conclusion: legacieslocked

p. 120Conclusion: legacieslocked

  • Mike Rapport


What effect did the French Wars have on the French, and on Europe? Napoleon is often regarded in a purely negative light, but in fact he achieved a lot of good for France. The Napoleonic Code guaranteed civil equality, attacked privilege, and offered a legal system that was generally fair and cheap. When the Concordat was applied in the Empire, it emancipated religious minorities, particularly Jews. What part did Napoleon have in future European integration? How did the French Wars change the map of Europe? The Conclusion argues that perhaps the weightiest of Napoleon's legacies was global rather than European. Here, Napoleon was a liberator (even if only indirectly and unintentionally).

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