Napoleon Series Archive 2015

Re: Andrew Roberts: Napoleon part 2

OK - in this early period - but from the creation of the National Convention....I would suggest that the early period is not what most people would recognise as the character of the revolution, then or now.

My point about the Army of England was intended to illustrate the fact that the French posed a real threat. Roberts portrays Napoleon as basically wanting peace, but beset by the constant aggression of the established monarchies which sought to overthrow the new order in France for ideological reasons. The aggressive wars of conquest of the revolutionary period, the creation of new puppet states and the incitement of revolution across Europe had left a legacy of real grievances, which it would be unrealistic to expect the old monarchies to just accept. Roberts fails to put the situation in 1805 into context and blames the wars on reactionary opposition to the revolution and, of course, British gold.

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