Strategic Transformation Of Alexander I And The Napoleonic Revolution

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Napoleon Bonaparte was a strategic mastermind who aimed for the domination of all of Europe. Russia was the opposing force to this plan. The Napoleonic Wars began in 1803 and lasted to 1815. The Napoleonic Wars affected Russia when they were under the reign of tsar Alexander I. Russia’s allies during the war were Great Britain, Prussia, Sweden, and Austria (Greenspan). In this time Russia grew as a country and became an independent force to be reckoned with. Russia was greatly changed through the Napoleonic Wars as a country, because of powerful leadership. The leadership and decisions of Alexander I played a large role in the transformation of Russia. Alexander I came to power after the assassination of Paul I, and his reign lasted from 1801-1825. Alexander’s reign followed a dark time in Russia of monarchs and tyrannies. Alexander was favored by his subject for he wanted to create a new and happier beginning for all of Russia. The beginning of Alexander I’s rule was very crucial for Russia’s success in the Napoleonic Wars. Alexander atoned for the faults of his predecessor and once again created an alliance with…show more content…
This battle was fought on December second in 1805. Napoleon and his army conquered a massive force put together by Russia and Austria. Alexander I and the army that followed his lead were crushed by the strategic mastermind Napoleon Bonaparte and one of his best generals Marshal Louis-Nicolas (Kagan). Even though the Russian and Austrian force of approximately ninety-thousand was defeated there were some positives for Tsar Alexander (Battle of Austerlitz). In this battle Napoleon revealed his battle strategy to Alexander I and in being a bright ruler, he was able to take advantage was of the weakness shown by the French army. This battle is seen as one of the key reasons that Napoleon’s conquest of Russia was such a failure
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