Why was Napoleon so Successful?


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Why was Napoleon so Successful?



Napoleon is considered by many one of the best – if not the best – military commanders of all time. Even Clausewitz, who wasn’t particularly fond of Napoleon, called him “the God of War”? What were the reasons for Napoleon’s success? Or was he just the most famous French general? Let’s look at his background, skill, traits, education, grand tactics, strategy, focus, the power of France and the French Revolution to see what allowed Napoleon to reach such a reputation that survived Waterloo.

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  1. It could be argued that this was also true of Wellington. The key difference being that Wellington was present with the army that fought for him in India and Europe, whilst Napoleon was in Paris [during the Peninsular War anyway] and relied on his Marshals to win battles for him. Thus was it Napoleon who lost in Portugal and Spain or various French Marshals?

  2. He was smart, exceptional commander and good politician too. He was born in the perfect era for his career(French Revolution ended the Monarchy – so Napoleon got a chance to become the leader of France – French Revolution also caused some conflicts so Napoleon could use his military talent)

  3. He wasn't successful at all, just the opposite : he was a total unmitigated disaster both on the French and for the nations he savaged.
    I am not going to waste any time of reading about the war crimes of this mass murderer. The reason is simple : If he was never born, the world would have been a better place. There is some babble about how useful the laws he forced down on his victims, but there were tribes and nations who co-existed with each other for eons without engaging in genocidal acts. (Swiss, Hungarians, Poles, Slovaks, Chechs and so on. He could have set down and write a law book and if it had any merit it eventually would have been implemented.

  4. While an unquestionably great military commander, Napoleon was a terrible human being, treating others as his personal property, for his own aggrandizement and ego. Even in exile, he was still the centre of his universe.