The Victory Of General Typhus: Napoleon’s Catastrophic Invasion Of Russia

By 1810 Napoleon was the master of continental Europe.  He had been unable to force the British to accept an accommodation, but nevertheless remained confident that his “Continental System” would bring the recalcitrant islanders to heel.  The system, in effect a massive blockade, forbade European merchants from having any economic intercourse with Britain.  Prussia and Austria had been forced to accept the system in 1807 and 1809, and Napoleon was determined to make the Russians accept it as well.

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