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Jessica Meierotto 6 th hour Thesis outline Thesis: During the Napoleonic wars of the early 1800’s Napoleon Bonaparte invaded Russia in attempts of controlling the European continent, however he hopelessly failed to conquer the might land of Russia. One of the considered greatest militarily leaders of his time, Napoleon made a crucial campaign ending mistake, by becoming hungry for decisive battle victories which over time would lead to flawed decisions and eventually a retreat back to France. I. Background Information: The Napoleonic wars were a very vast and a series of grand scale military campaigns. Napoleon’s invasion of Russia was a very dramatic episode in series of back to back episodes of European history. The episodes of the Napoleonic invasion of Russia however, were that of a tale of tragedy, adventure, political issues, and much more. Everything that occurred during the invasions took place in a relative short time between June of 1812 to about the beginning of January 1813, but took a much longer time to prepare or lead to. II. Prior to invading Russia, Napoleon Bonaparte fought many one sided battles in attempts to create an all powerful alliance, along with being a well rounded battle expert. A. Napoleon Bonaparte had been involved in the affairs of war since the French B. revolution. 1. The French revolution began in July of 1789, and ended in 1804. 2. Napoleon was the Premier Consul of the French Republic from November 11, 1799 through May 18, 1804. C. Napoleon Bonaparte, first major decisive battle was at the siege of Toulon. 1. Napoleon, at the time was a young artillery captain who entered in the midst of French upheavals on a British occupied Mediterranean harbor. 2. Napoleon devised a plan that would quickly end the siege by attacking the enemy’s weakest point, but he was met with resistance and went over the heads of his superiors. Napoleon was met immediate success; the
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British had lost their foothold on French soil. D. Between 1801 and 1806 Napoleon forced his heavy hand over the conquered Austria and Prussia, transforming the political, social, and economic climate throughout the German Islands, in the end dismantling the conquered empires. 1. Napoleon secularized church states or states relating to the church and dissolved the status of imperial cities. E. In 1806 Napoleon Defeated the Emperor Francis at Ulm and Austerlitz. 1. Napoleon forced the Emperor to relinquish and dissolve the Holy Roman Empire. a. That essentially caused the imperial counts, and knights to disappear along with their land. In the place of feudalism came institutions that were molded on the French pattern. F. On June 14, 1807 Napoleon delivered Tsar Alexander the first a severe military lesson, which would enable the French economy to grow. 1. The battle occurred at Friedland. 2. The battle would result in the signing of the treaty of Tilsit. a. The treaty of Tilsit was signed on July 7, 1807 and was a French Russian friendship. The Negotiations of the treaty began on June 19, 1807 just five days after Napoleon handed Russia a severe military lesson. Tsar Alexander sent Prince Lobanove- Rostovskii to seek a truce, and to the prince’s surprise Napoleon invited the prince to dine with him in a tribute to bravery of Russian soldiers. The treaty would neutralize European monarchies, and allow the
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