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Title: Napoleon


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Napoleons 3 Costly Mistakes
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1) The Continental System
  • ordered a blockade (forced all ports to close) to
    stop trade between Britain and Europe
  • goal to isolate Britain
  • weakened trade, but didnt destroy it (smuggling)
  • Britain blockaded all neutral ships
  • hurt Napoleons empire more than his enemies

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1) The Continental System
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2) The Peninsular War
  • Went through Spain to invade Portugal
  • Spanish rioted, so he deposed (kicked out) the
    Spanish king and replaced him with his brother,
    Joseph
  • Guerillas (Spanish peasant fighters) ambushed
    Napoleons troops, which weakened France
  • Spanish proved importance of nationalism

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2) The Peninsular War
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3) Invasion of Russia
  • French ally, Russia, sold grain to Britain
    (French enemy), so Napoleon invaded
  • most French troops were drafted, and felt little
    loyalty
  • Russians used a scorched-earth policy (burned
    fields and slaughtered livestock to starve
    soldiers into surrendering)
  • Attacks and cold weather nearly wiped out the
    French army

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3) Invasion of Russia
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NAPOLEONS FINAL DEFEAT
  • After attempting to make a comeback (Hundred
    Days) and re-conquer France, Napoleons army was
    defeated by the British and Prussians at Waterloo
    (in Belgium, 1815)
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