Thoughts And Reflections On The Present Position Of Europe; And Its Probable Consequences To The…

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byFrancis Joseph Grund

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. THE BATTLE OF SOLFERINO--CONCLUSION OF PEACE. WHAT HAS ITALY GAIiNED BT IT? It was in this situation of things, and while all Europe was arming for a general war, that the Battle of Solferino was fought--honorable to both armies, but ending in the complete triumph of the French and Piedmontese arms. An armistice followed, and to the real or affected surprise of all Europe, peace was concluded in the space of a few days. What could have been the motives of the Emperor Napoleon, that prompted him to this act? asks the one. Why did the Emperor of Austria submit to such terms? demands the other. That the Emperor Napoleon had good reasons for concluding peace; and that he spoke the truth when, in his Proclamation to the army, he said that the war had "assumed proportions no longer commensurate with the interests of France," we have endeavored to show in the preceding pages. The further prosecution of the war, on his part, menaced him with a European coalition, required another loan of at least a thousand or fifteen hundred millions of francs, and threatened to give to the revolutionary tendencies of Europe such an impetus, as to endanger the political status, not only of Italy and Germany, but also of France. His military successes in Italy, had already been discounted by public opinion in Paris; and he must have pushed them to the very capital of the Austrian empire, if he would reconcile the French people to new sacrifices of blood and treasure. The peace with Austria which France wanted, could only be dictated at Vienna; at any place short of the Austrian capital, it was only to be obtained by mutual concessions. On the part of Austria, the principal reason for concluding peace was undoubtedly the deranged state of her finanoes, and the impossi...

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1860. Excerpt: ... CHAPTER XIV. THE BATTLE OF SOLFERINO--CONCLUSION OF PEACE. WHAT HAS ITALY GAIiNED BT IT? It was in this situation of things, a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:90 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.19 inPublished:January 31, 2012Publisher:General Books LLCLanguage:English

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