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The Effects of Nationalism from the Napoleonic Era The period of 1799-1815 otherwise known as the Napoleonic era was one of great change both physically and ideologically The entire continent of Europe and many of its colonial holdings were completely reshaped andor united against an impressive French presence The Napoleonic era gave rise to the beginning of a new form of unification nationalism In respect to the Napoleonic era the emergence of nationalism effected Europe as well as the world in four major areas warfare the generation of new intellectual thought the arts and the spread of nationalistic pride in Europe Latin America and the United States Warfare was Napoleons tool in which he obtained both his high-ranking status as well as his empire It was via the French military that Napoleon increased his stature until he finally became the ultimate power of authority Using the war hero image to appeal to the masses is very common in history Napoleon uses this very strategy to rise to power in France He first used his military expertise to obtain the title of a hero in 1797 with a defeat against an Austrian army Upon returning to Paris he was hailed as a hero Using this popularity Napoleon created a highly centralized administration in which all departments were managed by prefects directly responsible to the central government of ParisCraig et al 702 Napoleon established control of the government and in 1804 seized an opportunity that he believed would establish a lasting dynasty that would secure the new regime Craig et al 702 In 1804 Napoleon is crowned emperor of the French This is an important fact to recognize because it is an early sign of nationalistic thought The idea of and emperor
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