- Mar 2012
The winners of wars write history, I think it's funny how historians portray Napoleon as this evil, power hungry person who wanted to take over the world. When it was Britain and the coalition who declared war on France to stop the Revolution from spreading, not that he was a saint or anything. Him and Hitler have a lot of similarities in terms of the things they did for France and Germany respectively, the military decisions they made (i.e. invading Russia) and their backgrounds. Napoleon wasn't a racist, bigoted maniac like Hitler he just lost a war.It really detracts from Napoleon to compare him to Hitler. The only real similarities is that they were authoritarian rulers that ruled over a large portion of continental Europe.
That's it, Napoleon didn't commit genocide, Hitler was a terrible strategist, Napoleon knew when he made mistakes and acted reasonably to them, Napoleon was defensive in every single war he ruled over except for Spain 1808 & Russia 1812 whereas Hitler was the aggressor in every situation (don't give me the story of how Britain & France declared war on Germany because I know, and you know that GB & France TOLD him that if he invaded Poland there would be war).
This comparison is used primarily as a way for Napoleon critics to try and bring him down to Hitler's level. It doesn't work and I find it appalling that Franz II, Alexander I, George III, Frederick William III and all the other monarchs of Europe are not held as, if not more, responsible for the Napoleonic Wars than Napoleon.