How did Napoleonic France manage to escape almost unscathed

From allied forces? Napoleon conquest was very brutal so I expected to find articles telling about the brutal levels of retribution, mainly from Russia but there were none.

I mean, I cant believe Russia didnt rape everyone they saw and the british after finally having its old enemy defeated just let them go.

Germany was far more hated for much much less.

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  1. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    They weren't as upset with Napoleon as they were the Kaiser and Adolf.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I can totally understand Russia but why the british? Kaiser send his troops to help Austria to deal with a moronic conflict in the balkans and then Britain chimped out as if Kaiser where invading britain itself

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        The idea of Germany having control over ports on the channel scared them, that was it.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Ummm because the Germans violated Belgium/Netherlands(?) neutrality!
        Meanwhile Britain and France violate Greece's a year or so later. Haha.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Never heard of the Treaty of London?

        • 3 months ago
          Anonymous

          The Treaty of London was merely a casus belli that was used to gather up support for the war, it wasn't the real reason they were in it.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >treaties mean nothing because muh bad anglo bullying the poor kraut

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            A 75 year old treaty is not something that motivates policymakers when it comes to huge foreign policy decisions like declaring war, if they choose to do it they have their own contemporary reasons to do it. And it is very easy to argue that the Germans did not breach the treaty, or atleast not intend to, as they only wanted to pass through Belgium on their way to France and that such an action would violate a countrys neutrality was only established by the Hague Convention 68 years after the Treaty of London was signed.

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >kraut: give us access through your lands or we'll attack you
            >belgium: no, armies marching through our country to attack another country is not what neutrality is about
            >uk: we will help belgium if you attack them
            >kraut: chimps out and declares war on belgium
            >uk: we will help belgium as we promised

          • 3 months ago
            Anonymous

            >no argument

  2. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Britain needed a strong France to keep Prussia and Russia in check.
    Although France was totally buck broken after it. They lost all political relevence. The second and third buck breaking would come in 1870 and 1940 and today it's an African colony.

  3. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because the Slavs were controlled by the wise prudence of a German monarch. This is the only way Slavs can prosper

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Are you saying slavs will act accordingly to their monarch as if he was a supreme God? If he is religious they will act religious, if he is a degenerate they will be degenerates. Simple like that?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        In a sense

  4. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because they understood that there is this thing called balance of power and permanently gimping France would just destabilize Europe.
    Something they completely forgot in 1919.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      This balance of power thing is something created because christianism?

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Maybe the christian saying 'better the devil you know'.
        They wanted the world to go back the way it was before the revolution.

  5. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Balance of power. Austria (well mainly Metternich) was wary of an overly powerful Russia, and wanted France to be powerful enough to balance against them. In fact if Napoleon wasn't a complete and utter fricking arrogant moron and had accepted the Frankfurt proposal peace could have been achieved with pic related's borders.
    The Russian threat was just that spooky.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      I don't think being a peaceful king of a stale kingdom, going to balls and being nice and diplomatic to neighbors was in Napoleon's nature, he wanted all or nothing and got it.
      Don't disrespect him for who he was.

  6. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    >Napoleon conquest was very brutal

    It really wasn't
    The only place where it was brutal was in Spain due to guerrilla warfare. In all other occupied places (Germany, Italy, Netherlands...etc), civilians kept living their everyday life as if nothing had changed.
    As for Russia, it's them who burned down their own cities as part of their military strategy, not the French.

    Despite having caused very little damages in places it had occupied, post Napoleonic Wars France was required to pay reparations that were even higher in comparison to France's GDP than Versailles reparations were in comparison to Germany's GDP.

    >Following Napoleon's final loss at the Battle of Waterloo, under the Treaty of Paris (1815), defeated France was ordered to pay 700 million francs in indemnities. France was also to pay additional money to cover the cost of providing additional defensive fortifications to be built by neighbouring Coalition countries. It was the most expensive war reparation ever paid by a country (in proportion to its GDP).[6]
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_reparations#Napoleonic_War

  7. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    The war wasnt about France, it was about Napoleon.
    If I remember correctly, the allied powers didnt even declare war on France, they declared war on Napoleon.
    The idea wasnt to punish France, it was to restore the monarchy

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      You might want to read up on the First Coalition War.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      >If I remember correctly, the allied powers didnt even declare war on France, they declared war on Napoleon.
      That was only in the 7th coalition, after Nappy came back and abolished the recently restored Bourbon monarchy.

  8. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Because Britain and Austria cared about the balance of power. They knew that crippling France would lead to a power vacuum/a revanchist France which would lead to more war. The nations in WWI were beholden to popular sentiment, so they all wanted to punish their enemy as much as possible, without what doing that would lead to.

    • 3 months ago
      Anonymous

      Had Britain defeated France alone they probably would have imposed crippling demands.
      It was probably the fact that all of Europe defeated France which ultimately saved France from any harsh demands, as everyone had stakes in the game, and some of France traditional allies that were now against her still wanted a strong France, so balance of power had to be preserved as everyone had stakes in the game.
      In fact, the Congress of Vienna (often viewed as the proto-UN) was literally created as a direct consequence of the Napoleonic war to make sure it didnt happen again.

      The war was really just about "returning to normality", to the years before those pesky peasants took control from the nobility and disrupted the order.

      • 3 months ago
        Anonymous

        Britain wasn’t interested in meddling in European affairs any more than they had to. Their main goals were deposing Napoleon and making sure that antwerp was in allied hands.

  9. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Two main reasons:

    1. Plenty of people wanted a capable France, believing it would maintain stability and a balance of power in Europe.

    2. Harsher terms would likely have required occupation, which would have been a fustercluck since hardly anyone wanted to go through with that and coordinating it would have been difficult at best even if they could come to a decision on that.

  10. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    This guy had a lot to do with it. He may have been a weathervane guilty of more backstabbing than Revolver Ocelot, but he was one smooth operator.

  11. 3 months ago
    Anonymous

    Thanks to 100% britain

    Think about it you mongoloids

    >britain has global empire of trade
    >profits greatly from various European countries trading with them. Even during Napoleonic embargo russia traded as did others under clandestine conditions
    >Napoleon is finally defeated
    >now the question is how much is France punished

    Britain did not want a France too weak because it would be conquered or overwhelmed by a Neighbor, which would defeat the purpose of opposing them in the first place.

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