Napoleon: Hero or Villain?
One of Napoleon's famous paintings
There have been many arguments regarding whether Napoleon was either a hero or a villain to France. Here are some of the good and bad choices he has made:
Hero: Napoleon brought much glory and victory to France by conquering much land. He also significantly improved the education system and the economy of France. Majority of France viewed him as an hero.
Villain: One of Napoleon's worst decisions was to invade Russia. When he invaded Russia, they were very successful all the way to the capital but the Russian winter and many other unlucky circumstances caused Napoleon's army to shorten significantly. Another reason why some people call Napoleon a villain is beacause of the Napoleonic Wars.
Napoleon Bonaparte in uniform
Did any countries react to what Napoleon Bonaparte did?
Yes, many countries such as England, Austria, and Prussia viewed Napoleon as an enemy to Europe. They expected him to conquer all of Europe and to prevent that, these countries joined up and called themselves the Allies.
One of the battles of the Napoleonic Wars
The Allies overtime finally crushed Napoleon's army at the battle of Waterloo. After that battle, Napoleon was sent of to a remote island and spent his final years there.
Napoleon is shown on his deathbed
Overall, Napoleon was a great leader and has done more positive actions for France than what he has done wrong. Napoleon was a true hero to his country.