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Ch 12: AP European History: The Napoleonic Empire

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Watch online history lessons, and learn about the Napoleonic Code, the Third Coalition, the Congress of Vienna and more. These lessons are just a portion of our AP European History course.

AP European History: The Napoleonic Empire - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives

Use the video lessons included in this chapter to learn how one man seized power in France and marched its army across Europe and into Russia. Our instructor can teach you everything you'll need to know about the Napoleonic Empire, from his rise to power following the French Revolution to his defeat at Waterloo. Lessons also discuss the efforts of competing powers to defend their territories and the political environment in an age of nationalism. This chapter is designed to introduce you to the following:

  • The circumstances surrounding Napoleon's rise to power
  • Outcomes of the Treaty of Amiens and the Congress of Vienna
  • Significant military campaigns during Napoleon's reign
  • Events leading to France's defeat

Video Objectives
Napoleon Bonaparte: History, Politics & Rise to Power Explore the political circumstances and events behind Napoleon's rise to power.
Napoleonic Code: The Civil Code of 1804 Examine contents of the French civil code enacted by Napoleon shortly after becoming the country's new ruler.
Treaty of Amiens (1802): Overview, Agreement & Objections Describe conditions of the Treaty of Amiens and explain British objections to this agreement.
The Third Coalition: Overview, Battles & Treaties Identify the nations aligning to take a stand against Napoleon, the resulting battles and the treaties bringing about the eventual resolution to these conflicts.
The Peninsular War in Spain Outline the causes, turning points and outcomes of this 6-year conflict.
Nationalism Grows in Europe: Timeline, Events & Impact Explore factors leading to the growth of nationalism in 19th century Europe.
French Invasion of Russia in 1812: Advance, Retreat & Battles Follow Napoleon's Russian military campaign and examine causes of his retreat.
Congress of Vienna: Members, Objectives & Results Survey the states represented at the Congress of Vienna and describe their achievements.
Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo Discuss the leadership of Napoleon Bonaparte and his eventual downfall at the Battle of Waterloo.

9 Lessons in Chapter 12: AP European History: The Napoleonic Empire
Napoleon Bonaparte: History, Politics & Rise to Power

1. Napoleon Bonaparte: History, Politics & Rise to Power

In this lesson, we will meet the famous Napoleon Bonaparte. We will examine Napoleon's early life, his military career, the politics of his age, and his rise to power.

Napoleonic Code: The Civil Code of 1804

2. Napoleonic Code: The Civil Code of 1804

In this lesson, we will study the Civil Code of 1804, which is also called the Napoleonic Code. We will examine the code's development and content and see how it influenced the laws of other nations.

Treaty of Amiens (1802): Overview, Agreement & Objections

3. Treaty of Amiens (1802): Overview, Agreement & Objections

In this lesson, we will study the events leading up to the 1802 Treaty of Amiens, which ended a long war between France and Great Britain. We will also examine the provisions and outcome of the treaty.

The Third Coalition: Overview, Battles & Treaties

4. The Third Coalition: Overview, Battles & Treaties

In this lesson, we will study the War of the Third Coalition that pitted France against Britain, Russia, Austria, and several other allies. We will take a close look at the battles of Trafalgar, Ulm, and Austerlitz.

The Peninsular War in Spain

5. The Peninsular War in Spain

In this lesson, we will study the Peninsular War in Spain that pitted France against Great Britain, Spain and Portugal for control of the Iberian Peninsula.

Nationalism Grows in Europe: Timeline, Events & Impact

6. Nationalism Grows in Europe: Timeline, Events & Impact

In this lesson, we will study the growth of nationalism that took place during the French Revolution and the Napoleonic age. We will begin by defining nationalism and then explore how it developed in these critical eras.

French Invasion of Russia in 1812: Advance, Retreat & Battles

7. French Invasion of Russia in 1812: Advance, Retreat & Battles

In this lesson, we will examine Napoleon's invasion of Russia in 1812. We'll take a close look at the emperor's reasons for invading, the progress of the invasion, and the results of the campaign.

Congress of Vienna: Members, Objectives & Results

8. Congress of Vienna: Members, Objectives & Results

In this lesson, we will study the Congress of Vienna, which established a balance of power in Europe after Napoleon's defeat. We will meet the Congress' members, examine its objectives, and take a look at its results.

Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

9. Napoleon Bonaparte and the Battle of Waterloo

In this lesson, we will explore the return of Napoleon Bonaparte to France on March 1, 1815, his hundred-day reign, and his downfall at the Battle of Waterloo on June 18, 1815.

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