France 1799-1804
Domestic Policy
France 1804-1813
the Economy

France 1804-1813 : Domestic Policy

In 1806 Napoleon fully implemented the EMANCIPATION OF THE JEWS and had the first French SANHEDRIN assemble. In founded France's MILITARY ACADEMY in 1808. In 1808 a COMMERCIAL CODE was published, standardizing trade throughout the nation. Napoleon created a new French nobility by ennobling career officers and diplomats.
The CONTINENTAL BLOCKADE and Napoleon's many wars had proven burdensome to France's economy and population; many men had fallen in battle; for his later wars Napoleon recruited his soldiers mostly outside of France.
In 1809, Napoleon divorced Josephine in order to marry Habsburg princess MARIE LOUISE. When the KINGDOM OF HOLLAND was annexed to France in 1810, AMSTERDAM - next to Paris and Brussels - was proclaimed the third capital of France.

The Napoleon Bonaparte Internet Guide, from Univ. Doetinchem, NL
Homepage from La Fondation Napoleon Bonaparte, in French and English
Timetable : France during the French Revolution and under Napoleon Bonaparte. An annotated Chronology of Civil and Military Events, by Richard Orsinger, 1997
Links on Napoleon Bonaparte from looksmart
DOCUMENTS Napoleon's Account of the Internal Situation of France in 1804, from Hanover Historical Texts Project
VIDEOS Napoleon, 1955, director Sacha Guitry, bw, 123 min., unfinished. Extensive on Napoleon's early years

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