The Age of Napoleon
Julie Dembek, Alex Summers, & Nicole Jares
Concordat of 1801
Before The Concordat of 1801, the Pope wanted back the Catholic lands seized during the Revolution. After Napoleon met with him and agreed to recognize Catholicism as the religion of France, the Pope no longer wanted them back. The Concordat restored much power to the papacy; however, the balance of church-state relations tilted firmly in Napoleon's favor. These reforms were rather NOT in line with the ideas of the Revolution, as before they (National Convention) were trying to de-Christianize France. These reforms had a legacy beyond Napoleon's rule, as France still has these lands today. "11.3 The Age of Napoleon." World History. 14 Jan. 2016. Lecture.
Restructuring of Government
Before Napoleon, there were 300 different legal systems and no single set of laws. Napoleon created the seven codes of law (Napoleonic code) and property rights were protected. Rights of women were lessened. French Revolutionary ideas such as equality of all citizens before the law, the right to choose a profession, religious toleration, abolition of serfdom, and feudalism were preserved. He also destroyed some revolution ideas such as such as replacing liberty with despotism and eliminated freedom of the press. The legacy left was the civil code. "11.3 The Age of Napoleon." World History. 14 Jan. 2016. Lecture.