Napoleon I: The Allies's New Balance Of Power

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After the defeat of Napoleon I, the Allies needed to redraw the map of Europe. This plan was drawn in the Treaty of Vienna in 1815 which created a new balance of power. For example, the Allies reduced France to her prewar borders and she had given up territories which was conquered by Napoleon I. Moreover, the Allies strengthened the states bordering France as a barrier against the renewal of French aggression. The settlement of 1815 undertaken by the Allies was harsh to France and the country’s power had been reduced. Furthermore, there was a new balance maintained in Europe by the Allies which favoured Britain and Russia. However, the new balance of power was not going to remain secure for long because Russia had become a huge influential power in Europe next to Great Britain, and was determined to grow her influence further. For example, Russia had attained Warsaw which turned into a separate kingdom of Poland and took Bessarabia from Turkey in 1812, which posed a threat to the Ottoman Empire and the international order. Britain, on the other hand, became dominant at sea and traded with many countries such as India. Although the Allies had created and maintained the balance, it was not going to last for long …show more content…
The Holy Alliance and its purpose had been significantly undermined by the French Emperor. This alliance was designed by Nicholas I, the emperor of Russia, and included the other two autocratic powers, Austria and Prussia; all three powers who held a common belief in autocratic rule and opposed any revolutionary, and nationalistic movements on the continent. Napoleon wanted to defend his country from the threat of the Holy Alliance which paralysed France from her liberty in Europe, and was successful when he first brought upon the conflict of the Holy

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