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1 Napoleon’s Empire Collapses Napoleon made 3 mistakes1st: the Continental System—In November of 1806, Napoleon called for a blockade of all ports to limit Great Britain’s influence. This was called the Continental System. Its goal was to destroy GB’s economy and make Europe self-sufficient.GB made its own blockade and with its stronger navy, it had better luck. This hurt France’s economy.
3 2nd: The Peninsular War—1808-Portugal was ignoring the Continental System, so Napoleon sent an army through Spain to invade Portugal. This upset the Spanish, so Napoleon kicked out their King and appointed his brother.Napoleon also outlawed the Spanish InquisitionFor 5 years, Spanish guerillas struck at French armies in Spain (the Peninsular War). Napoleon lost 300,000 men.In Spain and across Europe, nationalism (loyalty to one’s own country) was becoming a powerful weapon against Napoleon
4 3rd: Invasion of Russia—1812:Russia and Napoleon both wanted Poland, and Russia refused to stop selling grain to Great Britain.June 1812: Napoleon invaded Russia. The Russians retreated, burning their own lands as they went.How would the burning of Russian lands affect the French?
5 Napoleon reached Moscow, but the Russians burned it down too Napoleon turned around, but the Russians attacked his weak, cold, and starving army the whole way back to France. By the end, Napoleon had 10,000 men left out of an original 690,000
6 Napoleon’s DownfallNapoleon’s enemies took advantage of his weak army. Britain, Austria, Prussia, Russia, and Sweden joined forces and defeated Napoleon.April 1814: Napoleon surrendered his throne. He was given a small pension and banished to Elba.
7 Is Napoleon Back? We left Napoleon in Elba France is being ruled by Louis XVI’s brother, but he is hated by his peopleThe Congress of Vienna is meeting to discuss the redrawing of EuropeNapoleon hears this, and escapes his prison to try and take back his throneHe ruled for 100 days before losing to the British at the Battle of WaterlooNapoleon was sent to St. Helena, where he died six years later of a stomach illness.
8 Effects of Napoleon Rise of nationalism in European countries Napoleonic Code: one unified code of law for all men and the giving up of individual rights for the good of the nationUnsuccessful attempt to unify Europe under French domination
9 What do we do now?Napoleon has been kicked out of France, but who is to lead? What will happen to France’s territories?The heads of government in Europe wanted to establish long-lasting peace and security on the continent after so many years of warfare
10 The Congress of Vienna Hint: A set of meetings where leaders from European nations met in 1815 to discuss their situation and decide what to do next.The Congress of Vienna wanted to go B.A.C.K. to before 1789What happened in 1789?Hint:
11 B: Balance of Power—no country in Europe too powerful Who had gotten too powerful between 1789 and 1814?A: A new map of Europe drawn that made France weakerC: Congress of Vienna (1815) Peace conference after NapoleonKlaus von Metternich the leaderK: Kings restored to power (the principle of legitimacy)
12 Congress of Vienna ( )European monarchs sought to turn back the clock to 1789 and restore Europe’s Old RegimeMembers included the “Big Four” and FranceAustria – Prince MetternichEngland – Duke of Wellington and Lord CastlereaghFrance – TalleyrandPrussia – Frederick William III, Hardenberg, and HumboldtRussia – Tsar Alexander IAnecdote: Even though France had lost under Napoleon, Talleyrand was able to play the “Big Four” off one another and ensure that France was not severely punished.
13 Metternich (1773-1859) Opposed democracy and nationalism Proposed principles of compensation and legitimacyAnecdote: Discussion of how Napoleon had spread the ideals of the French Revolution throughout the lands he conquered.
14 Metternich’s Three Goals First, he wanted to make sure that the French would not attack another country againSecond, he wanted a balance of power in which no one nation was too strongThird, he wanted to put kings back in charge of the countries from which they had been removed
15 Europe 1812 What do you notice about the map? How much territory is underNapoleon?How do youpredict thatthe map willchange afterthe Congressof Vienna?
16 Effects of the Congress of Vienna Emergence of new political philosophies:Liberalism: wanted the governments to be based on a constitutionConservatism: wanted to return to absolute monarchiesRise of Nationalism: the loyalty of people to their values, traditions, and geographic regionsThe enforcement of absolute monarchies led to discontent in Europe (especially Italy and the German states) and caused revolutions in 1848 that were unsuccessful but increased nationalism.
17 Fate of Nationalism People had no say over territorial changes Language, nationality, and religion weren’t taken into considerationIdeas of democracy and self-government were rejected by European leadershipSoon enough, concessions were madeAnecdote: For the next 100 years, a few groups were able to gain concessions. For the most part, however, nationalistic drives were directly opposed to the status quo.
19 Results of the Congress of Vienna Concert of Europe – group of leading nations which periodically met to discuss issues regarding stabilityTemporary suppression of democratic and nationalistic idealsInternational peace – no general war in Europe until World War I a hundred years laterCrimean War ( )Austro-Prussian War (1866)Franco-Prussian War ( )Anecdote: Discussion of how those wars which did break out were in large part expressions of the leading European countries’ own desires for nationalism and unification.