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Europe and the Suprior Being There is no denying the fact that the French Revolution created Napoleon Bonaparte 1769-1821 It was this man who in 1799 combined a passion for power with his genius for leadership Although much of what Napoleon accomplished over fifteen years seemed to undermine the principles of 1789 the end result was that many of the achievements of the Revolution were made French realities Indeed these realities were also made manifest across Europe Napoleon was born August 15 1769 on the island of Corsica the son of a petty or low noble He trained at a military school and so the wars of the French Revolution gave him the opportunity to test his skills In 1793 when he was only 24 years old Napoleons artillery pushed the British out of Toulon In 1795 he saved the Convention from a Royalist insurrection In 1796 he was given command of the French Army of Italy It was during his Italian campaigns against the Austrians that Napoleons talent for military strategy was fi rst demonstrated He tasted glory - he could never do without it He knew he was headed for greatness He was aware that he was a world-historical figure a great man a hero in history He later confided that In Italy I realized I was a superior being and conceived the ambition of performing great things which hitherto had filled my thoughts only as a fantastic dream In November 1797 Napoleon was ordered to plan an invasion of England Aware that France had a weak navy compared to that of England Napoleon decided to strike the British by attacking British commerce in Egypt and India which supplied cotton for British mills He left France with 35000 men and took Cairo Napoleons meager fleet however was destroyed at the Battle of the Nile by Nelsons navy Meanwhile Napoleon sent glowing reports back to France While all this was going on things
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