History of Europe from the Commencement of the French Revolution in 1789 to the Restauration of the Bourbons in 1815 Volume 3
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1841 edition. Excerpt: ...patriotic spirit which can withstand the severer-shocks of adversity, and constitutes the only secure basis of national in dependence. And the English historian who recollects how a similar catastrophe prostrated the energies of his own ancestors after the battle of Hastings, will probably feel charitably towards an infant nation placed in such trying circumstances; and feel a deeper thankfulness for that long career of national independence, that unbroken line of national glory, which has formed the indomitable public spirit of his own country, and constitutes the unseen chain which has so long held together the immense fabric of the British domiuions. '-11 "'""' In proportion to the unbounded enthusiasm which these wondrous: )'c';i-O_i1=s events excited in France, was the despondency which they diffused in Europe. through the other states of Europe. Alarm now seized the most sanguine, despair took possession of the most resolute. The power which had aisen up in Europe _to vanquish and destroy seemed beyond the reach of attack. Every effort made againstit, every coalition formed for its overthrow, had led only to fresh triumphs, and a more complete consolidation of its strength. The utmost etforts of Austria, supported by allithe wealth of England and all the military strength of Russia, had sunk in the conflict; and now a few weeks had suiliced to dissipate that admirable army which the Great Frederick had bequeathed as the phalanx of independence to his country. The thoughtful and philanthropic, more even than the multitude, were penetrated with apprehensions at these portcntous events. They looked back to ancient times, and read in the long degradation of Greece and the Byzantine empire, the consequences of...
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