Levee En Masse

Shows how the 1793 ‘levee en masse’ changed French history and led to Napoleon Bonaparte’s rise and fall.

In 1793, the French government was in chaos and the revolution that brought Napoleon Bonaparte into authority was under way. Under his influence, the nation galvanized itself for a time, and Napoleon enjoyed many military successes. The levee en masse of 1793 was a watershed event in French history that led to conquests of Prussia and Austria, but which also ultimately led to Napoleon’s downfall.