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The French Revolution had repercussions that continued for over a century. Napoleon's rapid rise to power in post-revolutionary France changed the shape of Europe. After his failed attempt to unify the continent, Europe tried to return to the political/social divisions of the pre-Napoleonic Europe. Napoleon's legacy (Napoleonic Code and Nationalism) changed Europe forever. Meanwhile, Great Britain actually expanded political rights (most notably by ending slavery in the British Empire).


Legacy of Napoleon

  • Unsuccessful attempt to unify Europe under French domination
    • Napoleonic Code
    • Awakened feelings of national pride and growth of nationalism


Legacy of the Congress of Vienna

  • Balance of power” doctrine
  • Restoration of monarchies
  • New political map of Europe
  • New political philosophies (liberalism, conservatism)


National pride, economic competition, and democratic ideals stimulated the growth of nationalism.

  • The terms of the Congress of Vienna led to widespread discontent in Europe (especially in Italy and the German states.)
  • Unsuccessful Revolutions of 1848 increased nationalistic tensions.
  • In contrast to continental Europe, Great Britain expanded political rights through legislative means and made slavery illegal in the British Empire.

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CLIP ONE: FULL BIOGRAPHY OF NAPOLEON

CLIP TWO: NAPOLEON FINDS THE ROSETTA STONE

CLIP THREE: NAPOLEON BUILDS HIS EMPIRE

CLIP FOUR: NAPOLEON'S EPIC RETURN FROM ELBA

CLIP FIVE: WATERLOO...