I often think of the Napoleonic Wars as being between England and France, but even though Napoleon’s final defeat was at the battle of Waterloo in 1815, it brought an end to twenty-five years of nearly continuous war within Europe.
In November 1814 the Congress of Vienna opened to re-draw the European political map after the defeat of France, in the Napoleonic Wars. The immediate background was Napoleonic France’s defeat and surrender in May 1814. Negotiations continued despite the outbreak of fighting triggered by Napoleon’s dramatic return from exile and resumption of power in France during the Hundred Days of March–July 1815. The Congress’s “Final Act” was signed nine days before his final defeat at Waterloo on 18 June 1815.
According to Wikipedia The Congress of Vienna was a conference of ambassadors of European states chaired by Austrian statesman Klemens Wenzel von Metternich, and held in Vienna from September 1814 to June 1815. The objective of the Congress was to provide a long-term peace plan for Europe by settling critical issues arising from the French Revolutionary Wars and the Napoleonic Wars.
The goal was not simply to restore old boundaries but to resize the main powers so they could balance each other off and remain at peace. The leaders were conservatives with little use for republicanism or revolution. France lost all its recent conquests, while Prussia, Austria, and Russia made major territorial gains. Prussia added smaller German states in the west and 40% of the Kingdom of Saxony; Austria gained Venice and much of northern Italy. Russia gained parts of Poland. The new Kingdom of the Netherlands had been created just months before, and included formerly Austrian territory that in 1830 became Belgium.
Nelson’s victory at Waterloo did help stop years of war, but it was a collaboration of nations that saw off the Napoleon threat.
I love that I write about the brave men who fought in that war.
(A KISS OF LIES) is badly scared in the war (read a free prequel on my website to learn how) and when he is set up for a crime he did not commit, it sets the Libertine Scholars on a hunt for an anonymous villain out to destroy all six men.
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