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Hitler & Napoleon

The difference and similarities between two rulers.

Few individuals have had more impact on history than Adolf Hitler and Napoleon Bonaparte. These two historical figures have managed to stamp their names in the pages of history for their successful military tactics and their infamous actions such as mass murders, holocaust, pestilence and many more. Even though they were born in two diametrically opposite eras, their perspective on things such as indifference towards human lives; shrewdness and resourcefulness; attitudes towards fellow peers at school were very much alike. Even though their process of rise to power was very different, it was unquestionably their great abilities of leadership that helped them to achieve the status as the head of their nations.

It can be traced to Hitler’s and Bonaparte’s childhood that they started developing traits which would mould them to what they would be in the future. They both shared that arrogant, bossy attitude laying down orders to classmates at school. They would demonstrate exceptional leadership abilities which helped them to be a popular figure among the students. Another reason

for their popularity was because of their brilliant academic performances. Hitler did extremely well at primary school and it appeared he had a bright academic future ahead of him. Bonaparte was not behind when it came to studies, especially in mathematics and as a result of which he was awarded a scholarship to Brienne in Champagne, a royal preparatory school. But Hitler after finishing primary school could not repeat his success in the secondary school and crumbled to the pressure of higher studies. He then quit school and this decision had serious consequences as he was later rejected admission to two Art academies. Disappointed, he escaped to Munich and started to become the Adolf Hitler that we know of.

It is very obvious that without his great oratory skills, Hitler would not have emerged from his prior quite, anonymity state. He had developed his oratory skills from his school days and later honed it to such a level that he could make the audience in a state of near hysteria and do whatever he suggested them to do. Because of his skills, he could start his political career as the leader of the Nazi Party. This was similar tactics that Bonaparte used to spread fear among onlookers. But whereas Hitler’s rages were deliberate and rehearsed, Bonaparte sometimes lost his temper, and usually regretted it.

But Napoleon’s rise to power was solely based on his abilities to win wars than his oratory skills. After the French Revolution, France was without a leader which left her vulnerable to attacks from formidable opponents, especially Great Britain. Realizing the opportunities to rise to power, Bonaparte displayed exceptional military abilities at wars and helped to win several of them as well. His first military success came at Toulon and after which he was directly promoted to brigadier, skipping the ranks of major and colonel.

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  1. kim

    On September 21, 2008 at 3:22 pm

    it was ok info

  2. truly_twisted_love

    On April 7, 2009 at 4:22 pm

    YAY NAPOLEON!!!!!!!

  3. Melissaaaa !

    On April 8, 2009 at 6:53 am

    uhm yeah to much shiit for me to readd but idk probablyy wouldaa been qood lol (:

  4. ME

    On May 4, 2009 at 12:37 pm


  5. jnizzel

    On May 26, 2009 at 3:10 pm


  6. Leonardo da Vinci E.

    On November 5, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    Neither was as talented as even the worst American president, who must run the country while preserving a sophisticated system of human rights. Any dummy can run a dictatorship.

  7. Zak

    On November 12, 2009 at 3:28 pm

    Who wrote this drivel ? There is so much nonsense that I am not surprised that the author his hiding.

    Hitler hated Jews.
    A distinctive feature of his antisemitism was that it was formulated as conspiracy theory. This went hand in hand with the ’stab-in-the-back’ theory, that is, with the view that Germany had not been defeated on the battlefields of World War 1 but
    had been brought down by Communist subversives on the home front. It was assumed that Jews were Communists. Despite his ranting against Jewish bankers, businessmen, and very wealthy people Hitler saw the Jews as the ‘biological root’ of Comunism.

    The ascendancy of Napoleon proved to be an important event in Jewish emancipation from old laws restricting them to ghettos,
    as well as the many laws that limited Jews’ rights to property, worship, and careers. All the states under French authority
    applied Napoleon’s reforms. After Waterloo, the counter-revolution restored discriminatory measures in many countries.
    Pope Pius VII re-established the ghettos and imposed the wearing of a yellow hat and the Star of David. The return of the
    King of France was equally accompanied in 1815 by the massacre of Mamel;ukes (Muslim troops) who had served Napoleon, in Marseille.

    Germany under Adolf Hitler, maintained concentration camps throughout the territories it controlled. The term was borrowed from the British concentration camps of the Anglo-Boer War in Africa. (Most of the Boers descended from Dutch calvinists.) The Boer War concentration camp system was the first time that a whole nation had been systematically targeted, and the first in which some whole regions had been depopulated. Over 25,000 women and children were to perish in these camps.
    In 1940s millions of prisoners died in the German concentration camps through mistreatment, disease, starvation, overwork or
    were executed as unfit for labor. More than 6,000,000 Jews died in them, usually in gas chambers, although some were killed in mass shootings. After 1942, many small subcamps were set up near factories to provide forced labour.
    The camps became sites for horrific medical experiments: eugenics experiments, freezing prisoners to determine how exposure affected pilots, and experimental and lethal medicines were all tried. Female prisoners were routinely raped and degraded in the camps.

    There were no concentration camps under Napoleon. Some of his enemies however did some very bad things.
    For example the French prisoners captured in the battle of Baylen (where the Spanish troops routed the French) were crowded aboard dismasted Spanish warships or pontons. They died at a rate of 20 a day. The British authorities decided to strand the prisoners on the island of Cabrera. Between May 1809 and Dec 1809 approx. 1700 prisoners had died.
    Throughout 1810 to 1812 more prisoners arrived on the island to replace those who died. Of the 12,000 men who had been imprisoned, anywhere from 4,000 to 10,000 (the later figure including those who had died at Cadiz) had died. Perhaps placing Cabrera in the context of the treatment of prisoners of war in general during the Napoleonic wars and in other wars would help the reader judge the significance of Cabrera. While Cabrera doesn’t match the genocidal brutality of the Holocaust, it rivals Andersonville or concentration camps of the Boer War.

    There were other important differences between Hitler and Napoleon, and this is easy to find the information on the net.
    I am surprised that the author of this article is so poorly informed.


  8. Jimmy

    On January 2, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    There is one important similarity between Hitler and Napoleon. There career started after a major incident took place in their countryies. Napoleon started his career after the french revolution and Hitler started is career after The World War 1. These two incidents made it easier for both Hitler and Napoleon to rise to power.

    Both of them was also lonely and did not hang out with many friends before they started their careers.

    Hitler wanted to avoid Napoleons mistake not to concentrate all his troops on pushing forward to Moscow, instead Hitler struck against Russia on a broad front. This can be seen as Hitler had learnt from his pevious mistake when he lived as Napoleon in a previous life.

  9. Hayden

    On February 15, 2010 at 11:40 pm

    I don’t know where you did your research, but Hitler had no middle name. The baptismal registry at the church where he received his first baptism lists him as “Adolfus Hitler”. Doing a Google search on “Hitler middle name” reveals a vast amount of websites stating that “Hitler had no middle name”. The only place, in fact, that purports his middle name to be “Elizabeth”, is some random girl on Yahoo answers. When researching Hitler, facts like these need to be strictly double-checked, as Hitler is the kind of guy who gets a TON of false information and rumors put out there against him. Not to say he’s a victim, but in the interest of maintaining history as it REALLY WAS, don’t put that kind of stuff out there as fact.

  10. Talon

    On May 19, 2010 at 6:11 pm

    This article is so horribly misinformed about Napoleon. Napoleon considered himself French and loved the French people to the very end. If he didn’t, why did he ask to be buried on the Seine “with the French people that I so dearly loved” instead of Corsica?

    Comparing Hitler to Napoleon…nothing can be more flattering to the former and more insulting to the latter. Napoleon will always be remembered as the founder of modern Europe. Hitler will always be remembered, until the end of history, for genocide and destruction.

  11. Adrian

    On September 27, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Whoever wrote this article is an idiot Napoleon was not anything like Hitler this is disgusting.
    The guy who wrote this has more in common with Hitler then anyone ive ever heard he persecutes innocent people and says theyre a lot worse then they actually were.
    I think the guy who wrote this must be a Michael Moore fan.

  12. SH

    On November 2, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    True, Napoleon love France. However, Hitler loved Germany. He believed in the Fatherland until the bitter end and most of his behavior was intended to secure a 1000 year Reich. Hitler didn\’t plant this seed of Jewry. It was a popular German position at the time. Hitler unfortunately will be remembered for the genocide, which has happened in nearly every war. Hitler wasn\’t even the best at genocide in the 20th century that would go to Mao and Stalin. The difference? First off, TV cameras allowed people to see the carnage for the first time in moving images. Second, Hitler lost and couldn\’t hide his skeletons. The victors write history as they see fit to suit their own purposes. To deny Hitler his due credit as a leader leaves us susceptible to repeat history again.

  13. Monsieur Di

    On April 8, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    @SH Truly well said, after all in a hundred years, will be Hitler be remembered differently than Napoleon?

  14. talhaaaa

    On November 10, 2011 at 2:35 am

    the guy who wrote the article certainly did great amount of research on these animal like human beings
    both of these guys very very barbaric and pathetic leaders, who had no concern there troops and humans…
    there was no such things humanity in them….
    they should have been executed them selves

  15. talhaaaa

    On November 10, 2011 at 2:37 am

    well u dont have to agre with me if u ont want to…
    this is my opinion after reading his horrible and terrifiying article…

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