Napoleon Bonaparte was a fierce warrior and dominant ruler of France. During his first battle in Italy, he carefully created reports from the battlefield, intending to increase his fame while hiding the coldblooded way he raided the country. Napoleon’s strategy included commissioning paintings of himself as a surefire hero, appointed by God to rule over France. To learn more about the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, go to the PBS Web site feature “Napoleon: The Man and the Myth.”
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Start at the PBS Web site feature “Napoleon: The Man and the Myth.”
- Click on each of the four icons displayed on the right of the screen, covering “The Man and the Myth,” “Napoleon and Josephine,” “Politics in Napoleon’s Time,” and “Napoleon at War.”
- Browse through the four pages, taking notes as you go. Pay close attention to the links “Youth and Family Life,” “Self-Made Myth,” “Politics and People,” “The Fall of Napoleon’s Empire,” “Napoleon’s Legacy,” and “The Soldier’s Life.”
- Apply what you learn to answer the following questions.