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The Life of Napoleon I (Volume 2 of 2)   By: (1855-1942)

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LONDON: G. BELL & SONS, LIMITED, PORTUGAL STREET, KINGSWAY, W.C. CAMBRIDGE: DEIGHTON, BELL & CO. NEW YORK: THE MACMILLAN CO. BOMBAY: A.H. WHEELER & CO.

THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON I

INCLUDING NEW MATERIALS FROM THE BRITISH OFFICIAL RECORDS

BY

JOHN HOLLAND ROSE, LITT.D. LATE SCHOLAR OF CHRIST'S COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE

"Let my son often read and reflect on history: this is the only true philosophy." Napoleon's last Instructions for the King of Rome .

VOL. II

LONDON G. BELL AND SONS, LTD 1910 POST 8VO EDITION, ILLUSTRATED

First Published, December 1901. Second Edition, revised, March 1902. Third Edition, revised, January 1903. Fourth Edition, revised,September 1907. Reprinted, January 1910.

CROWN 8VO EDITION First Published, September 1904. Reprinted, October 1907; July 1910.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER XXII. ULM AND TRAFALGAR XXIII. AUSTERLITZ XXIV. PRUSSIA AND THE NEW CHARLEMAGNE XXV. THE FALL OF PRUSSIA XXVI. THE CONTINENTAL SYSTEM: FRIEDLAND XXVII. TILSIT XXVIII. THE SPANISH RISING XXIX. ERFURT XXX. NAPOLEON AND AUSTRIA XXXI. THE EMPIRE AT ITS HEIGHT XXXII. THE RUSSIAN CAMPAIGN XXXIII. THE FIRST SAXON CAMPAIGN XXXIV. VITTORIA AND THE ARMISTICE XXXV. DRESDEN AND LEIPZIG XXXVI. FROM THE RHINE TO THE SEINE XXXVII. THE FIRST ABDICATION XXXVIII. ELBA AND PARIS XXXIX. LIGNY AND QUATRE BRAS XL. WATERLOO XLI. FROM THE ELYS√ČE TO ST. HELENA XLII. CLOSING YEARS

APPENDIX I: LIST OF THE CHIEF APPOINTMENTS AND DIGNITIES BESTOWED BY NAPOLEON

APPENDIX II: THE BATTLE OF WATERLOO

INDEX

MAPS AND PLANS

BATTLE OF ULM BATTLE OF AUSTERLITZ BATTLE OF JENA BATTLE OF FRIEDLAND BATTLE OF WAGRAM CENTRAL EUROPE AFTER 1810 CAMPAIGN IN RUSSIA BATTLE OF VITTORIA THE CAMPAIGN OF 1813 BATTLE OF DRESDEN BATTLE OF LEIPZIG THE CAMPAIGN OF 1814 to face PLAN OF THE WATERLOO CAMPAIGN BATTLE OF LIGNY BATTLE OF WATERLOO, about 11 o'clock a.m. to face ST. HELENA

THE LIFE OF NAPOLEON I

CHAPTER XXII

ULM AND TRAFALGAR

"Napoleon is the only man in Europe that knows the value of time." Czartoryski.

Before describing the Continental campaign which shattered the old European system to its base, it will be well to take a brief glance at the events which precipitated the war of the Third Coalition. Even at the time of Napoleon's rupture with England, his highhanded conduct towards the Italian Republic, Holland, Switzerland, and in regard to the Secularizations in Germany, had exposed him to the hostility of Russia, Sweden, and Austria; but as yet it took the form of secret resentment. The last named Power, under the Ministry of Count Cobenzl, had relapsed into a tame and undignified policy, which the Swedish Ambassador at Vienna described as "one of fear and hope fear of the power of France, and hope to obtain favours from her."[1] At Berlin, Frederick William clung nervously to neutrality, even though the French occupation of Hanover was a threat to Prussia's influence in North Germany. The Czar Alexander was, at present, wrapt up in home affairs; and the only monarch who as yet ventured to show his dislike of the First Consul was the King of Sweden. In the autumn of 1803 Gustavus IV. defiantly refused Napoleon's proposals for a Franco Swedish alliance, baited though they were with the offer of Norway as an eventual prize for Sweden, and a subsidy for every Swedish warship serving against England. And it was not the dislike of a proud nature to receive money which prompted his refusal; for Gustavus, while in Germany, hinted to Drake that he desired to have pecuniary help from England for the defence of his province of Pomerania.[2]

But a doughtier champion of European independence was soon to enter the field. The earlier feelings of respect and admiration which the young Czar had cherished towards Napoleon were already overclouded, when the news of the execution of the Duc d'Enghien at once roused a storm of passion in his breast... Continue reading book >>




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