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Emperor of the French
One of the greatest military geniuses of his time, Napoleon's armies crushed one foe after another until he seemed invincible. His soldiers adored him. He personally directed complicated military maneuvers and at the same time controlled France's press, its police system, its foreign policy, and its home government. A talented administrator, he supervised the work of preparing the system of laws called the Code of Napoleon. He also founded the Bank of France, reorganized the French educational system, and established a strong centralized government.
Unimpressive in appearance, Napoleon nevertheless carried himself well. He stood slightly below average height. His courage and short stature led to his early nickname of le Petit Corporal, or "the little corporal."
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