Napoleon Bonaparte: the rise and fall of the French Emperor
On June 18, 1815, Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo
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Napoleon Bonaparte was the first emperor of France and one of the world's most significant military leaders, but at a price. He conquered much of Europe in the early 19th century, enjoying many campaign successes, but also suffering several spectacular defeats. Among his accomplishments was the introduction of the Napoleonic Code, which continues to form the foundation of French civil law to this day. Shrewd and calculating, Napoleon was also ruthless in his ambition and responsible for atrocities committed by French troops on the battlefield and across an overseas colonial empire extending from the Americas to Africa.
Click through for an examination of his life and legacy.
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