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Evaluate how Napoleon both continued and broke from the aims of his revolutionary predecessors.

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Here are the basic concepts:

1. Napoleon believed in the revolution
2. He defended its more conservative elements, that is, the middle class property owners
3. This class was revolutionary in the sense that they rejected the older, feudal approach to economics. They wanted free trade.
4. Napoleon took over in a coup called the "18 Brumaire," where he then ruled as a military dictator. Why?

5. The revolution was violent and oppressive. It was unstable and did not rule effectively.
6. Napoleon's victories against those countries that wanted to destroy the revolution, especially Austria, saved the country and created the image of Napoleon as their savior.
7. the middle ...

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Napoleon's political feats are briefly reviewed in this guide.