To what extent are Napoleon's reforms in France under the consulate (1799-1804)

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After the French Revolution and before, France was a chaotic place. During Napoleon's reign as first consul France's situation Internationally and domestically improved dramatically; however great this may sound some Historians argue that the restoration of France was only a secondary part of Napoleon's policy, they argue that his main policy was in securing his power.

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To what extent are Napoleon's reforms in France under the consulate (1799-1804) explained by his need to secure himself in power?After the French Revolution and before, France was a chaotic place. During Napoleon's reign as first consul France's situation Internationally and domestically improved dramatically; however great this may sound some Historians argue that the restoration of France was only a secondary part of Napoleon's policy, they argue that his main policy was in securing his power. At the time Napoleon was called the 'child of the revolution' however his own policies were far removed from the romanticism of the Revolution, they had more to do with despotism. His policies were far harsher and he shared a gloomy view of humanity akin to that of the philosopher Voltaire and of the 'ancien rgime' from which the revolution had tried to brake away. However Napoleon had none

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