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By C. Jorgensen

This new learn through Christer Jorgensen addresses a miles overlooked box of research within the background of Scandinavia and the larger Baltic zone through the Napoleonic Age. The ebook concentrates upon family and the alliance among Britain and Sweden throughout the heart years of the battle; years that encompassed the Austerlitz crusade, the complex diplomatic talks among the allies, Russia's abandonment of the allied reason at Tilsit (1807), the Russo-Swedish warfare (1808-09) that made up our minds the destiny of Finland, the capitulation of the Gibraltar of the North, and eventually the turbulent politics of Sweden in the course of and after the coup of March 1809.

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None proved more vocal in his loud protests of disapproval than Gustavus IV who was still resident in Carlsruhe at the time. Much was made both then and later of the fact that d’Enghien and the king were personally acquainted – it remains unclear whether they were closer personal friends or political confidants. Most certainly they frequented the same society circles in Carlsruhe and they could have been friends. However, d’Enghien did not belong to the more influential or powerful members of the French anti-Napoleonic opposition in Baden.

Sadly, the level of indecision and lack of leadership in Berlin was even greater than in Vienna. Prussia had done well out of the partitions of Poland (in 1772, 1793 and 1795),23 but her territorial expansion had not improved her strategic security. On the contrary. Prussia had expanded beyond her greatest ambition and her expansion had made her more, rather than less, vulnerable; she was surrounded on every side by resentful neighbours and enemies. Caution was, therefore, a Prussian virtue under these circumstances, but in Berlin procrastination and indecision had been honed to a fine art.

Each group saw Napoleon as a stop-gap compromise that would lead eventually to a final solution to France’s political ills. This shared antagonism against Napoleon led to an incongruous alliance of disgruntled radicals, republicans and royalists. Republican elements in the French Army co-operated with the royalists from the western part of France in planning a military coup against Napoleon. However Fouché, Napoleon’s diligent and muchfeared Chief of Police, was one step ahead of them and in March 1804 Fouché struck before the plotters could act.

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