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).

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.




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...