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Napoleon had plans to invade Britain, the problem was just all those boats in the canal. He tried to assemble enough ships to make it across, though the British tried to stop him. Trafalgar was one of those places were the two agendas met, and there it was to a large extent settled thanks to the leadership of one Horatio Nelson. I can't find if the schools young Nelson attended were boarding schools, but then again he joined the navy at a young age and probably got all the opportunity for pseudo-adult personality development there.

The invasion of Russia was one in a series of attempts to weaken Britain. In the case of Russia, they were breaking the rules of the Continental System - the attempt to break Britain by starving them of money - so if Russia could be brought into the fold, maybe Britain would yield. As we all know, it didn't work, but that was the theory. Maybe if Napoleon had starved Britain of food instead, things might have worked out differently.

by fjallstrom on Sun Feb 4th, 2018 at 07:22:13 PM EST
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