The Impact of Napoleon: Prussian High Politics, Foreign Policy and the Crisis of the Executive, 1797-1806by Brendan Simms
Pub. Date: 01/09/1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book examines Prussia's response to Napoleon and Napoleonic expansionism in the years before the crushing defeats of Auerstadt and Jena, a period of German history as untypical as it was dramatic. Events are analysed at the level of high politics, foreign policy and the reform of the executive. The book also addresses matters of general theoretical concern such as high politics, geopolitics and the 'primacy of foreign policy'. In doing so it goes beyond anything that has been attempted before, and presents a comprehensive and nuanced picture of Prussia before 1806.
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Table of Contents1. Introduction; Part I. The Structures: 2. The structure of Prussian politics during the early reign of Frederick William III; 3. Problem areas of Prussian policy and politics: the centres of attention abroad, 1797–1804; 4. Problem areas of Prussian policy and politics: the centres of attention at home, 1797–1804; Part II. The Events: 5. The failure of neutrality: Prussian policy and politics, October 1804–September 1805; 6. Delayed decisions: Prussian policy and politics, October 1805–February 1806; 7. The Hanoverian crisis: Prussian policy and politics, March–June 1806; Part III. The Responses: 8. Facing Napoleonic France: Prussian responses to the French threat, 1804–1806; 9. The search for decision: Prussian Reform attempts immediately before Jena; 10. Conclusion.
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