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University of Toronto St. George
Alison Smith

HIS 103Y Study Group Reading Notes Blundering to Glory 133-222 Napoleon didnt win the Peninsular War considering the problems of Iberia secondary, and it was unnecessary to win it until he could take a long view of it from St.Helena. In 1808, Napoleon swept Spain with his 300,000 troops, and replace Joeseph on his throne, and had Soult get rid of the British army there. In 1809 Napoleon campaigned against the Austrians and won on 5-6 July. Then he was busy with expanding his empire, and marrying a princes who could give him an heir. In 1810 Napoleons had his third marriage with Marie-Louise of Austria, and annexed Holland and other areas to French. By then, he stayed with his wife in order to get a child instead of fighting and travelling. Massena was sent to take out Wellington (from Britain), LEnfant Cheri was told to take over the Army of Portugal. Unfortunately, by the time he was enjoying his marriage, he started to loose control of his generals, and he lost some of the campaigns during that time. In 1811 Napoleons son was born, since then, Napoleon didnt want to leave Paris anymore. He built an army to chasten Russia, which left the Continential System by the czars ukase on December 1810. In 1812 Napoleon was in Russia, as Wellington defeated Marmont and started invvading Madrid. In 1812, Napoleon lost his war in Germany In 1814 Napoleon lost again in France to his allies Assumption: If Napoleon could go back to Peninsula, he could have won the war. If he won the war in Spain and Portugal (In person), this would have meant the end of the guerrilla war. Without Napoleons leadership, the marshals in Spain would not obey Joseph, and French troops werent possible to win any war even though there were 300,000 French troops in Spain, under this circumstance. Without Napoleon, the Peninsular war lasted five years, costed great deal of money, and 300,000 casualties. Without Napoleon, enemies against French were encouraged, France was demoralized draftees were deserted and it greatly weakened the empire long before the Russia Campaign began. Austrian in Ferment In 1808 A war party against France had appeared after loosing the avenge in Ulm and Austerlitz was encouraged by the defeats of Napoleon in Spain and Port, the withdraw in German, and the departure for Spain. The German exiles joined, claiming that if Austria struck at Napoleonic France, German will rise and win their freedom.. The Archduke Charles (Austrian) suspected if the German States would support Austria. However, he was appreciated that the war party was generating in Austria but he thought Austria was still not ready for a major war. He was not happy with the reforms, and participated as head of the war council; he gave the army a corps organization, and he had
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