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Napoleonic Code

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The first modern organized body of law governing France, also known as the Code Napoleon or Code Civil, enacted by Napoléon I in 1804.

In 1800, Napoléon I appointed a commission of four persons to undertake the task of compiling the Napoleonic Code. Their efforts, along with those of J. J. Cambacérès, were instrumental in the preparation of the final draft. The Napoleonic Code assimilated the private law of France, which was the law governing transactions and relationships between individuals. The Code, which is regarded by some commentators as the first modern counterpart to ROMAN LAW, is currently in effect in France in an amended form.

The Napoleonic Code is a revised version of the Roman law or CIVIL LAW, which predominated in Europe, with numerous French modifications, some of which were based on the Germanic law that had been in effect in northern France. The code draws upon the Institutes of the Roman Corpus Juris Civilis for its categories of the civil law: property rights, such as licenses; the acquisition of property, such as trusts; and personal status, such as legitimacy of birth.

Napoléon applied the code to the territories he governed—namely, some of the German states, the low countries, and northern Italy. It was extremely influential in Spain and, eventually, in Latin America as well as in all other European nations except England, where the COMMON LAW prevailed. It was the harbinger, in France and abroad, of codifications of other areas of law, such as CRIMINAL LAW, CIVIL PROCEDURE, and COMMERCIAL LAW. The Napoleonic Code served as the prototype for subsequent codes during the nineteenth century in twenty-four countries; the province of Québec and the state of Louisiana have derived a substantial portion of their laws from it. Napoléon also promulgated four other codes: the Code of Civil Procedure (1807), the COMMERCIAL CODE (1808), the Code of Criminal Procedure (1811), and the Penal Code (1811).

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almost 9 years ago

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over 8 years ago

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about 9 years ago

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about 9 years ago

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about 9 years ago

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over 9 years ago

Coup d'etat means "blow of state" or sudden seizure of power.

Like when napoleon took over the Directory in two days.

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almost 6 years ago

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over 8 years ago

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almost 8 years ago

Louisiana was already part of the Code of Civil Procedure, even before Napoleon revised it.

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over 8 years ago

Louisiana was originally a French area. Napoleon sold it to the United States. This, as well as the deportation of loyalists from Upper Canada much later on, is why Louisiana has a large french-speaking population and French-based laws. French is also a large part of the cajun culture.

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over 8 years ago

Why does Louisiana have a law system that is based on French law, while the other 49 US states have law systems based on English law?

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over 8 years ago

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about 9 years ago

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over 6 years ago

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almost 5 years ago

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about 5 years ago

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about 6 years ago

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over 7 years ago

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over 8 years ago

as we all know napoleon didnt actually exist!

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almost 6 years ago

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about 9 years ago

Napoléon applied the code to the territories he governed—namely, some of the German states, the low countries, and northern Italy. It was extremely influential in Spain and, eventually, in Latin America as well as in all other European nations except England, where the COMMON LAW prevailed. It was the harbinger, in France and abroad, of codifications of other areas of law, such as CRIMINAL LAW, CIVIL PROCEDURE, and COMMERCIAL LAW. The Napoleonic Code served as the prototype for subsequent codes during the nineteenth century in twenty-four countries; the province of Québec and the state of Louisiana have derived a substantial portion of their laws from it. Napoléon also promulgated four other codes: the Code of Civil Procedure (1807), the COMMERCIAL CODE (1808), the Code of Criminal Procedure (1811), and the Penal Code (1811).



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about 9 years ago

For other students doing a 'Mock Trial of Napoleon' in history class - this piece of information, along with other resources like it, is very helpful for the witness "Cheif Justice of the French Court" when you're coming up with your comments about Napoleon.



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over 9 years ago

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over 9 years ago

This site is cool but i need to know like what is the Coup d'etat and like Napoleonic code!

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almost 7 years ago

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about 6 years ago

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about 6 years ago

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about 7 years ago

napolianic code was modified and is used in louisiana

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over 5 years ago

Napoleon the namby pamby

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over 5 years ago

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over 7 years ago

this helped me get an idea of what the napoleonic code is. however, i feel you need to add in some laws from the code... perhaps add more on what the laws stated.

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about 5 years ago

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about 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

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over 5 years ago

If the Napoleonic Code is just like Hammurabi's Laws then the Code is a satanic code. Hammurabi abused anyone brought into a court room and took all of their money then killed them.



The USA today is run by foreign bankers who are satanic. They control the states' money in the Federal Reserve Bank therefore they control the nation.



They aren't stopped because they used money to pacify people. The only law in the USA today is Satanic Law that is used by black magicians in courtrooms. The Satan Laws come from the Jews bible. Wherever Jew bankers are controlling a nation's money is where Satanic Law is the rule of law. They are criminals disguised as leaders.

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about 6 years ago

im doing a report and napoleon and he really isnt that small y did history say he was small??

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