ASSIGNMENT 1:
Sources:
Terms :
Questions:
  1. What factors in Napoleon's background helped to explain his rise to power?
  2. To what extent was his dramatic political/military ascent a product of the French Revolution?
  3. According to Madame de Remusat, why was Napoleon so appealing to the French people?  What means did she say he used to secure his power?
  4. What were the major characteristics of the government structure created by his Constitution of 1799?
  5. 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?
  6. How did Napoleon treat Jews and Protestants within his Empire?
  7. List some of the changes and reforms in the area of the economy and education initiated by Napoleon.
  8. Describe the types of social organization provided by the Code Napoléon and through Napoleon's creation of a new political and serve elite.
  9. How did the Code Napoléon reinforce Napoleon's traditional attitudes to women and the family?
  10. To what extent was centralization an important characteristic of all of Napoleon's initiatives?
 

                          ASSIGNMENT 2:

Sources:
Terms :
* "Grand Army" * War of 1812
* Third Coalition * Battle of Borodino
* Battle of Trafalgar * "Grand Retreat"
* Battle of Austerlitz * Elba
* Confederation of the Rhine (1)  (2) * 100 Days
* Milan Decrees * Louis XVIII (Fr.)
* Continental System * Battle of Waterloo
* nationalism * Duke of Wellington
* Peninsular War * St. Helena
Questions:
  1. 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?
  2. How and why did Napoleon win so many battles?
  3. How was Napoleon's "Empire" organized?  What revolutionary principles were incorporated into the states which France now governed?
  4. What was the Continental System?  How successful was it?
  5. Why did the Peninsular War prove so costly?  Why was Napoleon not able to divide Spain?
  6. How did Napoleon's policies in Central Europe aid in the development of German nationalism?
  7. Why did Napoleon go to war with Russia in 1812?  What were the results of this military campaign?
  8. How was Napoleon initially defeated?  Was this defeat inevitable?
  9. Why did Napoleon have another "100 Days"?
  10. What does it mean when someone says that they have "met their Waterloo"?
  11. Identify the different historians' interpretations of Napoleon and his role in European history. [refer to the readings and your doc. reader.]