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New Posts
  • As the 214th anniversary of the Battle of Trafalgar looms, I'd like to open up discussion on the battle's importance. Whilst Trafalgar may have broken the back of the French navy, the commonly held perception that it prevented a French invasion of Britain is wrong - Napoleon had already moved his army from the English Channel to the River Rhine to start what would become the Austelitz campaign. Does this mean that we have exaggerated Trafalgar's importance? If so, is that mainly due to the death of Admiral Horatio Nelson in the moment of victory? How should we remember Trafalgar?
  • Metternich is usually dismissed, especially by Bonapartists, as a reactionary with no effect on Europe. However as this helpful introduction to the Austrian Chancellor argues, his influence was perhaps broader and longer-lasting than Napoleon's.
  • This month marks the 204th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a battle which is often described as changing the future of European history. It was Napoleon's last battle, a crushing defeat, but also, to use Wellington's own words 'A near run thing'. (He even said 'I don't think it would have done if I had not been there!). More recently though, historians have started to question Waterloo, and its significance. Charles Esdaile, for example has described Waterloo as 'A Glorious Irrelevance' as a battle with the same kind of impact would have happened at some point anyway. So why does Waterloo matter?
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