By matthew d zarzeczny, student at baldwin-wallace college in berea, ohio i wished to found a european system, a european code of laws, a european judiciary: there would be but one people in europe, declared napoleon nearly 200 years before europe finally unifies under the new currency of the european union. So napoleon wasn't trying to conquer europe per se he was however trying to defeat england, who went to war with france right after the revolution it's kind of the linchpin of the whole thing, many or most of napoleon's wars in europe were designed to deny england either allies or trading partners. Napoleon's enemies rejoiced to know he had finally been beaten so thoroughly in russia and this sealed napoleon's fate nations started deserting the french alliance russia's army then invaded the french empire, along with other allies of russia and britain. Bonaparte/napoleon as a campagne general had some fails in egypt, russia and in belgium ( waterloo ), as an emperor ( the grand project was a continental commercial system more or less in the spirit of the hanseatic league ) his biggest fail was o.
The napoleonic wars were a series of conflicts fought between france under the leadership of napoleon bonaparte and a number of european nations between 1799 and 1815 they followed on from the war of the first coalition (1793-97) and engaged nearly all european nations in a bloody struggle, a struggle that also spilled over into egypt, america and south america. Napoleon did not like the longer ranged rifle because of the slower rate of fire and wellington did have more riflemen available, which gave him a slight advantage in both range and accuracy. Battle of leipzig, also called battle of the nations, (oct 16-19, 1813), decisive defeat for napoleon, resulting in the destruction of what was left of french power in germany and poland.
Napoleon's conquest was largely fueled by nationalism, which was a relatively new idea that then took hold of europe in the 1800s and contributed to late colonial efforts around the world after. A series of meetings in 1814-1815, during which the european leaders sought to establish long lasting peace and security after the defeat of napoleon the five great powers were russia, prussia, austria, great britain, and france and they made decision in vienna 1814-1815. Post-napoleonic europe after the final defeat of napoleon, the quadruple alliance, the victorious allies (russia, prussia, austria and great britain) together with a number of smaller governments agreed to meet to settle issues that had arisen as a result france's aggressive policies under napoleon. Napoleon's defeat ultimately signaled the end of france's domination of europe he abdicated for a second time and was exiled to the remote island of saint helena, in the southern atlantic.
During this period of war, napoleon and british leaders concentrated on european affairs, but the conflict spilled over into the atlantic from 1803 to 1806, the united states succeeded in remaining neutral, but suffered from impressment, british seizure of british-born naturalized us citizens into the british navy. For the first time, napoleon failed, as the russian army employed scorched earth tactics to defeat napoleon's army however, napoleon quickly raised a new army, but this army was crushed by the quadruple alliance of england, austria, russia, and prussia at the battle of nations/leipzig in 1813. Why did it take so long to defeat france in the revolutionary and napoleonic wars with napoleon beginning his military career in 1796/7 with victories in the italian campaign, a new form of an old threat was realised in europe.
Napoleon ended the french revolution, created the napoleonic code of civil law and waged conquest throughout europe during the napoleonic wars napoleon's ideals of freedom, social equality and abolishing european feudalism impacted many european nations the french revolution was a tumultuous time. Napoleon had been working hard in building a powerful and great empire ever since the beginning of his rule as emperor in 1804 since before that time he had managed to expand french territory into italy, he had annexed the austrian netherlands, the german states, the batavian republic, later on he annexed parts of egypt, and parts of spain. Napoleon bonaparte was one of the most successful generals in history despite most of europe opposing him, he expanded the french empire from the atlantic coast of portugal to the forests of eastern europe. Why did it take so long for the european nations to defeat napoleon with napoleon beginning his military career in 1796-7 with victories in the italian campaign, a new form of an old threat was realised in europe.
By 1810 to 1811, napoleon's empire included nearly all of europe except for the balkans it was comprised of an enlarged france (which had swallowed belgium and holland, parts of germany, and the italian coast all the way to rome) and various puppet nations actually ruled by napoleon or by a bonaparte subservient to napoleon. The napoleonic wars (1803-1815) were a series of major conflicts pitting the french empire and its allies, led by napoleon i, against a fluctuating array of european powers formed into various coalitions, financed and usually led by the united kingdom. Napoleon mentioned on several occasions his intention to create a single european state, and although his defeat set back the idea by one-and-a-half centuries, it re-emerged after the end of the second world war.
The british defeated him at trafalgar in 1805, but napoleon went on to invade countries across europe before being forced to abdicate he returned to paris in march 1815, prompting britain. What countries did napoleon conquer during the napoleonic wars, france conquered egypt, belgium, holland, much of italy, austria, much of germany, poland and spain france directly conquered or controlled through alliance most of western europe by 1812. After napoleon's final defeat, 5 major european powers, england, russia, prussia, france, and austria met at the congress of vienna in 1814 and 1815 drawing up peace plans and settle a number of important territorial questions by redrawing the map of europe.