Napoleon was a brilliant politician and a military genius. He convinced the French people to accept him not only as consul for life, but as an emperor, whose title would be inherited by members of his family. In this activity you will read excerpts of Napoleon's own account of the reasons for his crowning as emperor, and the benefits he believed the crowning would have for the French people.
Destination Title: Hanover Historical Texts Project
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Start at the Hanover Historical Texts Project Web site.
- Under "Europe," click on Modern.
- Click on Napoleon, Account of the Situation of the Empire (1804) excerpts. Read the article, taking notes as you read.
After you have read the material, answer the following questions.