France (Napoleonic)

1799 - 1815

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Napoleon Bonaparte on his throne.

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Napoleonic France in 1811. The dark blue is the French empire itself, and the lighter blue includes allies and other areas France controlled with its military. (Modern-day Belgium and the Netherlands, and parts of Germany, Italy, and Spain.)

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Technology

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Interchangeable parts of a musket.

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Signal telegraph.

Interchangeable parts and constant drill aided the military. More locally, roads, maps, and the signal telegraph allowed people to more effeciently move about and communicate. Napoleon was resistant to technology, however, preventing France from making too many technological advancements during his reign.

Culture

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The first page of the original 1804 edition of the Civil Code. (Limited collector's edition! While supplies last!)

In the pact called the Concordat, France kept the church lands taken during the French Revolution, but it also paid the salaries of clerics, recognized Roman Catholic Christianity as the official religion of France, and allowed freedom of religion to Protestants and Jews. The Civil Code promoted political and legal equality, and merit over social standing. Private property was protected under the Civil Code, and opponents of the French Revolution were allowed to take back some of their land. French society remained patriarchal under the Civil Code. Napoleon crowned himself emperor of France, and there was no representative government. Censorship, propaganda, and spies were prominent during his reign.

Religion

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You know how a lot of new policies usually face tons of opposition? Yeah. The Concordat didn't really have that issue.

The Concordat was signed to make Roman Catholic Christianity the official religion of France. The pact helped stabilize post-revolutionary French society, as it pleased those who appreciated the political and social hopes of the revolution, but wanted to keep Christianity as the prominent French religion.

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1809
With Napoleon's leadership, we've been totally kicking foreign butt. We've conquered not one, but TWO European peninsulas - Iberian and Italian. We've occupied the Netherlands, as well, extending our empire. Our accomplishments also include defeating both Austrian and Prussian forces. :D Austria, Prussia, and Russia have all been forced to ally with us. They're demanded to honor French hegemony here, which must be pretty humiliating for them, but ridiculously awesome for us.

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Napoleon rides away from Moscow :(
1812
Rcently, Napoleon decided to invade Russia. Seems like a good idea, right, given all of the battles we've been winning? Wrong. Out of paranoia, Napoleon believed that the Russia tsar had teamed up with Britain to scheme against our empire. As a result, he sent six hundred thousand of us out to Moscow. That's right, six followed by five zeroes. Anyway, things were looking good for us at first, when we captured Moscow and all, but then the tsar left the city and absolutely would not surrender. The Russians then went about setting their own city on fire, leaving all the hundreds of thousands of us without anything really substantial enough to survive on. Needless to say, it sucked. A lot. Napoleon finally decided to get us out of there, but winter had come, and we were screwed, big time. Only thirty thousand out of the six hundred thousand of us returned to France.
1814
Remember that whole British-Russian thing? Well, maybe Napoleon wasn't quite as paranoid as we thought. British and Russia, along with Austria and Prussia, really did team up, and they came over to France to force Napoleon out. They brought back the French monarchy, and Napoleon was exiled to the island of Elba in the Mediterranean. Later on, he actually came back and ruled for a few months, but then the British were back on his tail and beat him up at Waterloo, in Belgium. This time, Napoleon was banished to St. Helena in the South Atlantic Ocean, some place really far away from everything. He ended up dying there some number of years later, of natural causes.

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Hey, just wanted to say thanks for exiling all your Protestants, because now I have people to talk to. I'll admit, it is very wrong of you to be so mean to people who aren't Catholic, but now I have some friends!
- Afrikaners
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Bibliography
Bently, Jerry H., and Herbert F. Ziegler. Traditions & Encounters. 3rd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill, 2006.

Photo credits
Napoleon - http://www.southern.net/wm/paint/auth/ingres/napoleon-throne.jpg
Map - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Europe_map_Napoleon_1811.png%23filelinks
Interchangeable parts - http://www.uh.edu/engines/musket.gif
Signal telegraph - http://research.microsoft.com/~gbell/CyberMuseum_files/Bell_Artifacts_Files/images/B164.81_Signal_Electric_Mfg_Co_Telegraph_Instrument.JPG
Civil Code - http://content.answers.com/main/content/wp/en-commons/thumb/e/eb/180px-Code_Civil_1804.png
Awesome Concordat - http://www.napoleonicsociety.com/images/LiberteCulte.jpg
Napoleon in Moscow - http://www.marxist.com/images/stories/art/napoleon_retreat_moscow.jpg