‘A realistic attempt to build a working democratic government in post-revolutionary France’ Assess this interpretation of Napoleon’s government.

Was Napoleon’s government actually trying tp bring democracy to France.

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`A realistic attempt to build a working democratic government in postrevolutionary France'
Assess this interpretation of Napoleon's government.

Many historians are conflicted over Napoleon's government as democracy, despotism or more
convincingly the appearance of democracy. Napoleon's status as First Consul and then Emperor
suggests his desire to be…

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people disregarded for in the vote count up. However even had the full electorate of 8 million voted in
these plebiscites it still seems unrealistic to argue that Napoleon would have actually listened to the will
of the public and given them a full democracy. The communal list…

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government a realistic possibility. Firstly the Senate's role in protecting democracy was completely
overridden by the Senatus Consultum. This allowed Napoleon to rule by decree which he did a
number of times from 1801.The name originated from Roman Empire as they realised these
assemblies were very corrupt and…

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appointed them for life, so he chose rich landed gentry mainly to gain their loyalty. The Tribunate and
the Legislative seats could potentially have been filled by the working class if they managed to get
voted for in the lists. However after 1804 the Tribunate was purged so…

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Overall napoleon's true objective had never been to make a realistic attempt to build a working class
government but rather to give the appearance of democracy to allow him to first become First Consul
and then Emperor in order to exercise full power without the protest of the…


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