confirms him as an NPA with all three traits positively expressed...
"Napoleon’s mother Letizia reportedly recalled that, from an early age, her son exhibited a disposition to reign. While hindsight may have been at work here, Napoleon certainly took naturally to political rule, putting into practice ideas inspired by years of reading and reflection. He had already shown his abilities as an administrator in Italy and Egypt, but it was during the Consulate (1799- 1804) that his talent for state administration and reform on a large scale became apparent. Determined to restore order to France, he neutered factions on the political left and right, reduced the number of newspapers, repaired relations with the Catholic Church, and, through institutional innovation that ranged from creating a central bank to reorganising France’s police, returned stability to French society and safeguarded it for the future. Claiming to have preserved the achievements of 1789 – a claim most apparent in the Civil Code later rebaptised with his name – further helped him to construct what Jean Tulard identified as ‘the myth of the saviour’. This compelling image of Napoleon as France’s saviour facilitated both his self-promotion to Emperor and the hereditary regime intended to protect the shaky grounds of his rule."
"Napoleon himself maintained that it was not a question of whether there were groups in France and Europe hostile to him, but of finding something that made each group respond to his rule, whether through laws or military action. Such claims again show Napoleon’s awareness of how his public personality, as saviour, lawmaker, or warrior, could be used to reinforce his power. As historians such as Annie Jourdan have shown, Napoleon had an incisive understanding of how to promote his rule through image, objects, and the written word. From carefully falsified army bulletins, to paintings and engravings, to the jewelled snuffboxes adorned with his portrait and distributed to the bishops who officiated at his coronation as Emperor, Napoleon knew how to create a cult of personality that maximised his popularity and sought to win the loyalty of those who might oppose him. Where this was unsuccessful, censorship and repression saw that his public image remained untarnished and the illusion of widespread support unharmed."
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