The Power Of The Great Powers Of Great Britain

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Using Europe as essentially a blank tablet on which to create their own Balance of Power, the Great Powers of Great Britain, Prussia, Austria, and Russia (with France, the defeated power, playing a lesser role) re-drew the map. There had been other pressing matters to settle: the rights of German Jews, the abolition of the slave trade and navigation on European rivers, not to mention the restoration of the Bourbon royal family in France, Spain and Naples, the constitution of Switzerland, issues of diplomatic precedence and, last but not least, the foundation of a new German confederation to replace the defunct Holy Roman Empire. Sensing that Napoleon was vulnerable, an Alliance of Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Great Britain formed, and were able to force Napoleon to capitulate in the Treaty of Fontainebleau in April 1814.
In the previous decade, Napoleon conquered most of continental Europe, and order and pre-existing borders were interrupted. Napoleon was defeated for the first time in Russia in the winter of 1812. Feeling that Napoleon was vulnerable, an alliance of Russia, Prussia, Austria and Britain formed and were able to force Napoleon to capitulate in the Treaty of Fontainebleau in April 1814. After the defeat of Napoleon in 1814, the Congress of Vienna convened to discuss the post-Napoleonic situation. Using Europe as essentially a blank slate on which to create their own balance of power, the great powers of Britain, Prussia, Austria and Russia (with France, the…

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