Modern World History Honors
7 October 2013
The French Revolution was an uprising in France against the monarchy. The ideals of the French Revolution were best represented by the Declaration of the Right of a Man. The Declaration was designed to protect the natural rights of a man. Those right were liberty, property, security and Resistance to oppression. The control of government began with King Louis and then passed to Robespierre after many horrible years of Louis being king. Following Robespierre came the Directory, Robespierre lost power after the Reign of Terror. The directory was not able to control well enough and that was when Napoleon Bonaparte became dictator and eventually became emperor. Napoleon betrayed the ideal of the French Revolution. Napoleon kept it so that women had little legal rights, he also made the continental system which caused economic problems in Great Britain. Napoleon also forced war upon Portugal and Russia for not following the Continental System. Napoleon violated almost every right in the Declaration of the Rights of a Man and ruled the way he wanted. While Napoleon ruled, women had little legal rights and Napoleon put in no effort to educate women. Napoleon created the Napoleonic Code. The Napoleonic Code was a series of laws that gave men the legal right to control women. That code ensured that women were forbidden from selling, giving, and mortgaging or buying property. If a women was married she would have to obey by her husband. Divorce for a married women must be wanted mutually in order for it to occur. A women could not marry again until ten months after her previous marriage. “Women ought to obey us. Nature has made women our slaves!” (womenworldhistory.com) Napoleon said that and it reflects on the Napoleonic code he created. “Women are nothing but machines for producing children.” (en.wikiquote.org) Napoleon believes men were superior over women and that women are...
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