Napoleonic Wars

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François Gérard

The Napoleonic Wars were the greatest wars of the 19th century. The wars started as a preemptive war by Revolutionary France to forestall the attempt of the ancién regimes of Europe to suppress the French revolution, but soon became a war of conquest with the intention of "revolution export" by France. Although Napoleon was ultimately defeated, arguably his greatest legacy was the introduction of secularism, which forms the basis of governance in European countries to this day.



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