If he was nationalistic and liberal
Why did he created an empire with Catalans, Dutch Germans and Italians?
Germans from Lorraine don't apply since they are French wannabes
Also it's wrong to find Napoleon good looking in his young pictures?
France's survival depended on the spread on Enlightenment ideas. France's chances of pulling off the Revolutionary Wars again would not be so good. As such, France needed to expand to gain more fighters and resources.
Do enlightenment ideals entail putting installing monarchs and creating dynastic succession? I have a really hard time seeing how Napoleon was still considered a republican by the time of his death.
Napoleon's Empire was more or less Proto-fascism as I see it. Nationalist, centrally planned when needed but also had free markets, violent if necessary, propaganda, charismatic leader. He was 'liberal' so far as it was good for the nation but not really a pure believer like Jefferson.
Fascism usually doesn't destroy traditional institutions, gives civil rights to minorities, modernizes the bureaucracy, etc.
There is a specific name for this regime, which is Bonapartism. Using Fascism in this context as anachronistic at best.
> Fascism usually doesn't destroy traditional institutions, gives civil rights to minorities, modernizes the bureaucracy, etc.
You're right on the second point but not really on the first and not at all on the third.
Bonapartism is not fascism but it's not shocking to call it proto-fascism.
>but I remember him saying he would give Poland a national Identity
And in private and in his diary he admitted he had absolutely no intention of granting Polish statehood. Napoleon played the Poles like a fiddle and they were loyal to the end. He really fucked them over.
shake my head to be honest family
What do you mean "minorities" and what do you mean "civil rights".
Because fascism does give civil rights to minorities, but it also strongly compels them to assimilate fully into the national culture.
He inprisoned people for writing books that he considered immoral.
His family is from Genoa, France got Corsica just 1 year before Napoleon was born, he learnt French when he was like 15 and his real name was Napoleone di Buonaparte. He was Italian as fuck
No it didn't.
Actually, had he installed a republic in spain instead of his brother as king, the rebellions would have been easier to put down and he might have been able to use troops and ressources wasted there to win in russia or germany.
Napoleon changed to whatever suited him desu brethren. Best ruler of his time. Just got this from his Egyptian expedition this week.
Taking over Dutch and German areas was more a protective measure against Brits invading over the North Sea rather than a long-term expansion of France.
Italians on the other hand had a lot to do with the fact that Napoleon was essentially an Italian. Additionally Catalans are about as French as Occitans so you may as well stick them in the empire too.