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Re: Napoleon himself

Postby Josh&Historyland » September 15th, 2015, 11:44 am

Haha, despite the usual gratefulness engendered when Napoleon set up one of these new principalities, some of which were just to give his brothers or extended family something to do, not all states were like Saxony, and the King of the Netherlands was an avowed opponent, Bavaria for instance was quite happy to change sides, and of course the Dutch Belgians were robust opponents in 1815, though the Belgians were as wary of the Dutch as they were the French and frankly in some quarters preferred the French to them, however.
Then there are the small countries that he didn't lump into new kingdoms, principalities or dukedoms, but instead incorporated them. Places like Piedomont Sardinia, or Hanover, Brunswick etc.

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Re: Napoleon himself

Postby jf42 » September 15th, 2015, 12:30 pm

It's hard to imagine the worthy burghers and boers ever being entirely improverished, but I have the impression their enthusiasm for their fraternal French liberators faltered somewhat when it became clear they were going to have to pay for their liberation. It seems there was considerable friction when, as with the Allied armies, they showed themselves reluctant to provide supplies for the French armies quartered in the Nederlands.

The Dutch navy and merchant fleet well as the ports at the mouth of the Rhine were attractive assets for the French, the Rhine having being considered their natural border since at least the time of Louis XIV.

How many young Nederlanders were marched off to serve in the Grande Armee, I wonder; how many came home?
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Re: Napoleon himself

Postby Senarmont198 » September 15th, 2015, 1:26 pm

It is covered in Owen Connelly's Napoleon's Satellite Kingdoms, previously referenced.
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