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Napolean and Significance in European History

Who is Napoleon and why is he significant in European history? Explain one way Napoleon influenced art and culture and give an example of art that illustrates the explanation. What was Napolean's relationship to Jacques-Louis David?

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Napoleon Bonaparte (born on August 15, 1760 and died on May 5, 1821), was a French military and political leader during the French Revolution. Many consider him to have been a military genius (perhaps one of the greatest commanders of all time) but this was not his only area of expertise. He was a skilled politician, who ultimately had great influence on civil law (see the Napoleonic Code), culture, art, scientific study, and religious expression. He is perhaps best remembered for his involvement in the so-called Napoleonic Wars, which were a series of wars led against France by a series of coalitions. He established hegemony over much of continental Europe in his desire to spread the ideas of the French Revolution.

Among other achievements, Napoleon instituted a number of important reforms. These include educational reform (higher education, to be exact), a tax code, road and sewer systems (improving living conditions of the people in terms of health and hygiene), established a central bank, negotiated a new relationship with the Catholic Church (which helped to reconcile much of the population to his regime), instituted the "Organic Articles" which regulated public worship in France, and became the President of the French Academy of Sciences. In addition, he instituted the Legion of Honor to reward (and encourage) civilian and military achievements. His new set of civil laws (now known as the Napoleonic Code) focused on clearly written ...

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Napolean and significance in European History is determined in the solution.