The Age of Napoleon

Amanda Blatz. Liam Klobas, Nick Occhionero, Nic Saginario

Restructuring of Governmen

Before Napoleon came into power The Directory was the government system, it proved to fail because the government was bankrupt, the amounts of votes given were not equal, and they faced the Reign of Terror. Napoleon came into power after successfully defeating Italian forces. When he came into power he did not claim himself Emperor of France until he felt he had full control. Napoleon made peace with the Catholic church and restored France to Catholicism. Women lost several of their rights and were viewed more as property. Civil code allowed people to choose a profession, have religious tolerance, end serfdom and Feudalism. Napoleon developed a powerful, centralized administrative government, it was a new Aristocracy. Napoleon was an Enlightenment believer in reason, but other than no classes not much changed. He controlled all newspapers, his reforms did not last past his rule, until he was exiled.

Legal System

France’s legal system was out of control. Many laws were either confusing, not set in stone, or just straight up outrageous. This was because the laws had been made by the revolutionists. France, before Napoleon, had over 300 separate legal systems. Napoleon codified or “clarified” France’s laws. He made the Civil Code or “Napoleonic Code”. This code recognized equality and made it a big part of the legal system. Along with equality the right to choose your profession, freedom of religion, and the abolishment of serfdom. Finally, the code outlawed strikes or unions. The recognition of equality kept with revolutionary ideas. The people liked the fact that he wanted to recognize revolution ideas while he still kept order in France. These ideas and changes did carry on past his legacy. Now, almost every country has equality and many of the same basic laws he introduced.


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Concordat of 1801

The Concordat of 1801 was an agreement between Pope Pius VII. It defined the relationship between France and the Catholic Church. Before this, there was no religion in France. The agreement allowed the Church to reopen their churches and remain practicing the religion. The church was not given all their land back because of all the problems it would cause. The made up with the church by making it the official religion. Other religions were allowed, people were allowed to choose their religion. The changes allowed people to have a say in their religion, an enlightenment idea.This lasted even after Napoleon was out of rule.

Financial System

he French economic system before Napoleon was a lot more strict. They had a lot more taxes and they went bankrupt many times from different wars like the seven years war. Farmers started to hoard all of their goods for themselves so most of the people were not able to get food without having to pay a huge price.Napoleon started to restore the economic system, he controlled all of the prices to whatever it needed to be. He made many schools to train people under strict guidelines to be in the war. He increased the trade for France. He made the taxes fair enough so it was not out of control, and had a central place for money called Banque de France.The French wanted to have many things of what he did like Taxes , the Bank, and the Military schools. They wanted him to have done more. Napoleon’s system for taxes carried over because he what he did was a really good system.

Education System

Before Napoleon came to power the Church was responsible for schooling. Both girls and boys went to school, but more girls than boys. Napoleon built many schools for boys ages 10-16. His schools taught military and bureaucracy. He made schooling more reachable to many middle class citizens. He did not feel a need to educate girls because they were not active citizens. These changes were not in line with French Enlightenment ideals because they were not fair and equal. They greatly changed the style of education after his rule, they separated state and church and allowed girls to attend.