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Biography of Napoleon including the significant actions taken by him Born August 15th 1769 in Corsica Napoleone Buonoparte was to become one of the most influential and prodigious leaders in history Napoleons political decisions and actions affected all of Europe although his most lasting effect was on France As an absolute ruler Napoleon controlled every aspect of his government This enabled him to carry out numerous reforms such as the secularization of education and the institution of the Napoleonic Code of Law Yet despite Napoleons numerous contributions to 19th century France the rest of Europe experienced considerable adverse effects It was Napoleons childhood idol Pascal Paoli a Corsican rebel leader whose determination and fervor for independence influenced Napoleons character and caused him to become domineering stubbornly persistent and highly ambitious These characteristics would develop as Napoleon grew older and became a more seasoned leader His austere upbringing by his mother created a strong sense of discipline that would stay with him throughout his life This discipline helped Napoleon adapt to the foreign French customs and society Not growing up on the French mainland but on Corsica Napoleon knew no French prior to attending Autun School in 1779 Early in his childhood Napoleons father Carlo arranged for Napoleons certificate of nobility allowing Napoleon to attend the military school It was the Marquis de Marbeuf who funded Napoleons education and later arranged for Napoleon to be accepted at the Royal Military School at Brienne Without the help of the Marquis it is doubtful that Napoleon would have become an officer or general let alone go on to be emperor At age 16 he began his apprenticeship as a lowly second lieutenant training with the best artillery unit in the French army This training gave Napoleon the opportunity to display his tactical skill as a soldier Unfortunately since the high ranks were reserved for the upper nobility it was not until a few years later that he
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