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Napoleon Bonaparte

What was the ultimate source of Napoleon's power?


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September 17, 2014 11:54PM

In his tenure as leader (including emperor) of France, the ultimate source of Napoleon's power was consistently found in his military background, military aids and associates, and military tactical skill. Without overlooking other sources of power and influence, Napoleon relied throughout his career mostly on military-related strengths in order to control France -- and much of the rest of Europe, as well.