- What factors in Napoleon's background helped to explain his rise
- To what extent was his dramatic political/military ascent a
product of the French Revolution?
- According to Madame de Remusat, why was Napoleon so appealing to
the French people? What means did she say he used to secure his
- What were the major characteristics of the government structure
created by his Constitution of 1799?
- Why did Napoleon negotiate a Concordat with the Catholic Church in
1801? What were the advantages and disadvantages for Napoleon
and for the Church in concluding this agreement? Who got the
better of the deal and why?
- How did Napoleon treat Jews and Protestants within his Empire?
- List some of the changes and reforms in the area of the economy
and education initiated by Napoleon.
- Describe the types of social organization provided by the Code
Napoléon and through Napoleon's
creation of a new political and serve elite.
- How did the Code Napoléon reinforce
Napoleon's traditional attitudes to women and the family?
- To what extent was centralization an important characteristic of
all of Napoleon's initiatives?
- Who were the members of the Third Coalition
against Napoleon? Why did France go to war in 1805? What
were the military and political results of this new confrontation?
- How and why did Napoleon win so many battles?
- How was Napoleon's "Empire" organized? What revolutionary
principles were incorporated into the states which France now
- What was the Continental System? How successful was it?
- Why did the Peninsular War prove so costly? Why was Napoleon
not able to divide Spain?
- How did Napoleon's policies in Central Europe aid in the
development of German nationalism?
- Why did Napoleon go to war with Russia in 1812? What were
the results of this military campaign?
- How was Napoleon initially defeated? Was this defeat
- Why did Napoleon have another "100 Days"?
- What does it mean when someone says that they have "met their
- Identify the different historians' interpretations of Napoleon and
his role in European history. [refer to the readings and your doc.