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									The Napoleonic Wars
         A Fragile Peace
The War of the Second Coalition ended
with Austria at the Treaty of Luneville in
Feb. 1801.
The British continued the war, forcing the
surrender of the French remaining in
Egypt in summer of 1801
The treaty of Amiens, signed in March
1802, created a fragile peace between
France and Britain.
War of the Third Coalition (1805-07)

Both sides were not content with current
In 1803, Great Britain renewed its war
against France.
In 1805, Austria and Russia joined the
coalition (Prussia remained neutral at the
Napoleon moved into Germany, defeating
the Austrians at the Battle of Ulm on Oct
17, 1805.
             War at Sea
Throughout 1804-1805, Napoleon planned
to invade Britain.
The British Navy blockaded French
controlled ports throughout Europe,
keeping most of the fleet bottled up.
Across the globe both sides engaged the
other, attempting to disrupt the trade of the
other side.
         Battle of Trafalgar
Just four days after
Napoleon’s victory at Ulm,
the combined French and
Spanish fleets were
smashed at the Battle of
Trafalgar (Oct. 21, 1805).
The strategic daring of
Admiral Nelson and the
tactical superiority of the
British fleet won the day.
With reduced naval power,
Napoleon had to suspend
his invasion plans.
           War on Land
Moving East from Ulm, Napoleon defeated
a combined Austrian and Russian force at
Austerlitz on Dec. 2, 1805.
Austria signed Treaty of Pressburg,
relinquishing most of its Italian
possessions (Third Coalition dissolves).
In July, 1806, Napoleon reorganized
western Germany into a satellite called the
Confederation of the Rhine (provided
   French Victories on Land
Napoleon dissolved the Holy
Roman Empire (Francis II
became Francis I of Austria)
War of Fourth Coalition begins.
Prussia entered the war, on
Oct, 14, 1806 Napoleon
defeated them a the Battles of
Jena and Auerstadt.
Napoleon took the capital Berlin
in late October.
Napoleon moved into East
Prussia in spring, 1807,
defeating the Russians at
Friedland on June 13 th.
      The Treaties of Tilsit
Napoleon meets with Tsar Alexander I and
Frederick William III of Prussia.
Treaties end War of Fourth Coalition.
Prussia losses half of its territory to
Saxony and The Grand Duchy of Warsaw
(Polish satellite of France)
Russia was given a free hand to deal with
the Ottoman Empire in return for support
against Britain.
                 We Are Family…
                            Treaties allow Napoleon to place
                            his family members on the
                            thrones of Europe.
                             – Brother Joseph – King of
                               Naples (and later Spain),
                               replaced by Marshall Murat and
                               Napoleon’s sister Caroline.
                             – Brother Louis – King of Holland
                             – Brother Jerome – King of
                             – Napoleon divorces Josephine
                               in 1810, marring princes Marie
                               Louise of Austria (Habsburg)
Joseph Napoleon Bonaparte      and bears him a son the
                               following year.
   The Continental System
Unable to beat the British at sea,
Napoleon launched the Continental
System with the Berlin Decrees of 1806
(expanded through the Milan Decree of
Any ship from Britain of caring British
goods were banned from European ports.
The British responded with the Orders in
Council, requiring all ships entering or
leaving European ports to stop at British
   The Continental System
The two blockades caused considerable
economic hardship across Europe.
The blockade hurt British trade and
caused soaring unemployment and rioting
in 1811.
France suffered from a lack of imported
raw materials.
French satellites suffered as well, causing
widespread discontent, even though
smuggling was rampant.
 The Peninsular War (1807-1814)
Portugal and France’s ally
Spain both failed to enforce
the Continental System.
In late 1807, the French
occupied both nations.
In early 1808, Napoleon
deposed the Bourbon
monarchy and installed his
brother Joseph on the
The Spanish rose in revolt,
which was brutally          Francisco Goya: The Third of May, 1808
suppressed by the French.
The Peninsular War (1807-1814)
The British sent troops under Sir Arthur
Wellesley (later Duke of Wellington) to
support the insurgents.
The British Naval superiority was used to
support the expeditionary force.
The war continued until 1814, slowing
wearing down the French and keeping
vital troops and supplies from other fronts.
War of the Fifth Coalition (1809)
 Along with British and Spanish warfare on
 the Iberian Peninsula, Austria rejoined the
 fight against Napoleon in spring 1809.
 Napoleon defeated the Austrians at
 Wagram in July 1809, occupying Vienna.
 Under the Treaty of Schonbrunn, Austria
 ceded land to Bavaria, Warsaw and
 Napoleon takes Pope Pius VII prisoner for
 opposing Continental System and
 annexed the Papal States.
Changes in the Colonial Empires
Spain is convinced to
return Louisiana to France,
but due to French naval
inferiority, Napoleon sells it
to the United States in
In Haiti, a slave revolt led
by Toussaint L'Ouverture
leads to Haitian
independence in 1804.
The Spanish colonies took
opportunities as well under
Simon Bolivar to gain
The Russian Campaign, 1812
               Tensions rise between
               Napoleon and Tsar
               Alexander I refuses to
               support the Continental
               Napoleon raises a
               “Grande Armée” of
               691,501 men to invade
               Russia in June, 1812.
               By mid August, French
               advance 300 miles with
               no major battles.
               Russians retreat, trading
               for space and time and
               burning all left behind
               (“scorched earth”)
 The Russian Campaign, 1812
On Sept.7, the Russians
under Mikhail Kutuzov battle
French at Borodino, 75 miles
west of Moscow; no clear
On Sept. 14, Napoleon
entered a burned Moscow.
Tsar Alexander refused to
Low on supplies, Napoleon
began to retreat on Oct. 19th
The Russian winter soon set
in, and by December, only
22,000 men in the Grande
Armee remained alive.
French Troop Numbers in Russia
War of the Sixth Coalition (1812-14)
 A.k.a. – Wars of Liberation.
 Coalition of Austria, Prussia, Russia, Sweden,
 the United Kingdom, and a number of German
 States (notably Bavaria) to take advantage of
 Napoleon’s Russian defeat.
 Napoleon raises an army of around 400,000
 French troops supported by a quarter of a million
 French allied troops to contest control of
 In Germany, national resistance grows in
 Bavaria, Prussia and Austria, who join the
 Russians in opposing Napoleon.
 Revolts in Spain continue to drain men and
     The Battle of Nations
The Battle of Leipzig, Oct. 16-19 1813.
Napoleon soundly defeated by Russians,
Prussians and Austrians in the largest
battle in European history to that point.
     The Fall of Napoleon
Napoleon was offered a peace settlement
keeping his throne, but he refused.
Nov. 1813, the Dutch revolted.
The British army led by the Duke of
Wellington advanced from Spain into
Southern France.
Jan. 1814, Russian, Prussian and Austrian
forces invade France and enter Paris on
March 31st.
                  The Abdication
                              April 11, 1814,
                              Napoleon abdicated.
                              Retains title and
                              exiled to island of
                              Bourbons restored
                              with Louis XVIII
                              (r.1814-24), younger
Napoleon’s abdication order
                              brother of Louis XVI.
 Reasons for Napoleon’s Fall
Imperial overreach –
the attempt to defeat all
enemies and dominate
National resistance –
the despotic nature of
the empire led to
nationalist revolts.
Loss of support at
home – French war
weary after 25 years of

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