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One of Americas greatest patriots George Washington had once stated Government is not reason it is not eloquence it is force like fire a troublesome servant and a fearful master Never for a moment should it be left to irresponsible action Following the years of the French Revolution and the respective Reign of Terror France was left in disarray or moreover the irresponsible action the first president had spoken against was ever-present But as the mythical phoenix rose up from its own burnt ashes likewise did the nation of France Following the hypothesis of Arnold Toynbee in his expository entitled Study of History the moral conflicts that plagued the nation would likewise yield a final solution being a direct resolution to the initial conflict Thus the child of the enlightenment and keen-minded military dictator of exceptional ability McKay 712 Napoleon Bonaparte took the shape of this great rectifier Analogous to Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihans D NY coined alliteration defining deviancy down in which moral absolutes are succumbed to situational morality the French populous had lost its moral code and it took a in some ways totalitarian ruler to return the nation to its once stable state In the landmark 1781 legislation the enlightened Habsburg Emperor Joseph II abolished serfdom and feudal dues In addition he allowed the acquisition of lands by peasantry In effort to end civil strife and maintain order the great emperor created edicts rooted in these enlightened ideals Napoleons orders appealed to the peasantry who had now gained both land and status from these changes A case-in-point is Napoleons bargain with the middle class in the famous Civil Code of 1804 Not only was this set of laws based on enlightened ideals but also maintained the revolutionary principles of equality of male citizens before the law and the right to security of wealth and property the latter a direct representation of the earlier Josephs enactments Through this code of laws and his
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