The History of Napoleon the First

The History of Napoleon the First

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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. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ...the consideration of the English Government for the press as cowardice and their scruples as hypocrisy. He had therefore no doubt of overcoming Addington's opposition by menace or by intimidation. To these wide or rather these irreconcilable differences with regard to the reciprocal obligations of the two countries, their rights, and their position in Europe, was added an opposition of industrial and commercial interests, which was not in itself dangerous to the peace, but which was about to become so, owing to the requirements and claims of the First Consul. At the conclusion of 'the treaty of Amiens he had formally refused a treaty of commerce between France and England. He had reserved the question as a sure means of ulterior influence upon the determinations of the English Cabinet. If in consequence of this policy he had contented himself with interdicting to English merchandise all the ports and markets of France, under the pretext, more or less spurious, of protecting our industry, he would have done nothing more than use a right very prejudicial to the two nations, but at any rate a strict right, and one that could be defended; but his intention was to shut them out of all countries that depended on us, --from Holland, from the Italian Republic, from Genoa, from Piedmont, from Switzerland, and even from Spain, which he increasingly treated as a conquered province. He had plainly put forward these various claims in the conference of Amiens.1 A prohibition imposed in such proportions amounted to a blockade, and tended to make England perish from inanition in the very midst of her riches. A last difficulty naturally arose from the execution of the clause of the treaty of Amiens which related to the 1 Pratocole du 21 Fevrier. more

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  • Paperback | 168 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 313g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236768337
  • 9781236768339