“The strong man is the one who is able to intercept at will the communication between the senses and the mind.” — Napoléon Bonaparte, Emperor of France (1804-1814)
French statesman and military general Napoléon Bonaparte was crowned Emperor of France on this day in 1804. One of the most consequential leaders in history, Napoléon was a supremely talented military commander that quickly conquered large swaths of continental Europe, Africa and the Americas before the fall of his empire in 1814. Aside from his vast colonial conquests, Napoléon implemented numerous historically significant policies in the French civil code during his reign that came to be known as the Napoleonic Code. This legal system made laws clearer and more accessible, creating a modernized legal system that was soon adapted by countless nations and remains a model for governments worldwide. A charismatic trailblazer that utterly consumed global politics during his decade-long ruling over France, Napoléon Bonaparte’s immense historical impact is still being felt almost two centuries after his passing in 1821.