Napoleon becomes Emperor of the French, Germans, and Italians Apr 5, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
Post by halferking on Apr 5, 2021 11:58:33 GMT
Internal politics Emperor Napoleon I was crowned King of Italy so he had that in the bag and he, I believe, had Friedrich Wilhelm II under his thumb so it was worth keeping him in place. I think you are right about Napoleon giving his vassal states some form of autonomy. The Emperor would or rather should learn from his own country's history - The Revolution had sparked the flame of nationalism in Europe. As a multi-national Empire Napoleon would have to understand that he could not enforce his rule on his subjects in other lands instead he should give them limited self-governing powers creating a Federation similar to the United States.
As for the Ottomans Napoleon could enter in to a treaty with Russia that should the Ottomans attack Russian territory The Napoleonic Federation would commit troops. This should be enough to keep Moscow on side and Constantinople in check.
Here I would have to agree with eurofed - suspect that would surprise both of us . There was a dynastical attachment but that was markedly weaker at this point. George III after all as a young king had emphasised his status as a British monarch to distance himself from his grandfather's attachment to the dynasty's German origins. Plus Napoleon was too great a threat to British independent while he had such power. Furthermore before his attack on Prussia in 1806-07 Hanover had been under Prussian occupation as part of an earlier deal between Paris and Berlin.
On the French side I can't see him agreeing to a permanent peace with Britain either or giving up land. Plus Hanover in British hands would give a clear route for British goods to flood into central Europe which would boost Britain's economy and cause problems for the French.
By this point, with rare exceptions, Russia was clearly stronger than the Ottomans so a defensive alliance with France against the Turks really offers them little. An offensive alliance, which would have been difficult logistically for the French might have done it possibly. Plus as part of his divide and rule tactics he established the Duchy of Warsaw after the defeat of Prussia and Russia in 1806-07 and given Poland's historical claims over much of the western provinces of the Russian empire this was a continued source of tension between the two empires.
However the continued threat that a continental Europe united under an expansionist military ruler and the handicap of Napoleon's continental system on Russia trade were the key issues.
I think possession of Hanover was more about honour than material. Napoleon will have to do something big to stop Great Britain from interfering. Don't forget that the Royal Navy is perhaps the world's greatest naval power so without Britain on side Napoleon is going to struggle. Remember London threatened to sink ships.