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Lost Worlds: Life Under Napoleon: The Revolutionary
Life Under Napoleon: The Revolutionary
Season 1  |  Episode 2  |  SBS2  |  January 29, 2010

The French occupation of the Rhineland provinces led to an economic boom. Weavers, in particular, benefited from having new markets for their wares. Newspapers also sprang up, but their owners had to adhere to strict rules of censorship. Napoleon saw his new provinces as a source of soldiers, and had young Rhinelanders called up. Draft-dodging became a lucrative business as unscrupulous men took commissions for bribing officials on the recruitment board.

The French occupation of the Rhineland provinces led to an economic boom. Weavers, in particular, benefited from having new markets for their wares. Newspapers also sprang up, but their owners had to adhere to strict rules of censorship. Napoleon saw his new provinces as a source of soldiers, and had young Rhinelanders called up. Draft-dodging became a lucrative business as unscrupulous men took commissions for bribing officials on the recruitment board.

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