- Dec 2012
I think it's a two way street. Didn't his Old Guard receive better pay? Weren't they shown a reverence by other, "lesser," troops? Didn't France as a whole benefit (even though it may have came at the expense of other nations) economically as a result of his conquests and policies?All for the glory of France of course, never for himself (or so he would have us believe).
Besides that, why is he seemingly singled out as being a self serving leader? Were the leaders of Austria, Spain, Russia or Britain really anymore concerned with the welfare of their people(s)?