An analysis of the literature of the diary of a napoleonic foot soldier

The minstrel boy to the war has gone, In the ranks of death you'll find him; His father's sword he hath girded on, And his wild harp slung behind him. Modern Western culture often tends to stereotype Warriors and Poets as belonging to distinct, different and opposing groups Elves vs. Warriors are manly men who like hitting each other and other simple pleasures. Poets are culturally refined wimps.

An analysis of the literature of the diary of a napoleonic foot soldier

An analysis of the literature of the diary of a napoleonic foot soldier

Prussia lost one half of its territory following the War of the Fourth Coalition. After the defeat of Napoleon, the Congress of Vienna reinstated the Germanic states into the German Confederation under the leadership of the Austrian Empire.

The Carlsbad Decrees suppressed any form of pan-Germanic activities to avoid the creation of a 'German state'; the Kingdom of Prussiahowever, initiated a customs union with other Confederation states. The Prussian-led custom union evolved into the Zollverein that included almost all Confederation states except the Austrian Empire.

In the meantime, the Frankfurt Parliament was set up in and attempted to proclaim a united Germany, but this was refused by William IV. The Erfurt Union was a short-lived attempt at a union of German states under a federation, proposed by the Kingdom of Prussia.

King Wilhelm I became King of Prussia and he appointed Otto von Bismarck on 23 SeptemberMinister President and Foreign Ministerwho favoured a 'blood-and-iron' policy to create a united Germany under the leadership of Prussia.

The Austro-Prussian victory led to Schleswigthe northern part, being governed by Prussia and Holsteinthe southern part, being governed by Austria, as per the Treaty of Vienna Bismarck accused the Austrian Empire of stirring up troubles in Prussian-held Schleswig.

Prussian troops drove into Austrian-held Holstein and took control of the entire state of Schleswig-Holstein. Napoleon III declared war against Prussia. German-speaking Central Europe in the early 19th century[ edit ] Further information: The map is dominated by the Habsburg Monarchy orange and the Kingdom of Prussia bluebesides a large number of small states many of them too small to be shown on the map.

Prior toGerman-speaking Central Europe included more than political entities, most of which were part of the Holy Roman Empire or the extensive Habsburg hereditary dominions. They ranged in size from the small and complex territories of the princely Hohenlohe family branches to sizable, well-defined territories such as the Kingdoms of Bavaria and Prussia.

These lands or parts of them—both the Habsburg domains and Hohenzollern Prussia also included territories outside the Empire structures made up the territory of the Holy Roman Empire, which at times included more than 1, entities.

Since the 15th century, with few exceptions, the Empire's Prince-electors had chosen successive heads of the House of Habsburg to hold the title of Holy Roman Emperor.

Among the German-speaking states, the Holy Roman Empire administrative and legal mechanisms provided a venue to resolve disputes between peasants and landlords, between jurisdictions, and within jurisdictions.

Through the organization of imperial circles Reichskreisegroups of states consolidated resources and promoted regional and organizational interests, including economic cooperation and military protection. Inafter a successful invasion of Prussia and the defeat of Prussia and Russia at the joint battles of Jena-AuerstedtNapoleon dictated the Treaty of Pressburg and presided over the creation of the Confederation of the Rhinewhich, inter alia, provided for the mediatization of over a hundred petty princes and counts and the absorption of their territories, as well as those of hundreds of imperial knightsby the Confederation's member-states.

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French period Under the hegemony of the French Empire —popular German nationalism thrived in the reorganized German states. Due in part to the shared experience, albeit under French dominance, various justifications emerged to identify "Germany" as a single state.

For the German philosopher Johann Gottlieb FichteThe first, original, and truly natural boundaries of states are beyond doubt their internal boundaries.

Those who speak the same language are joined to each other by a multitude of invisible bonds by nature herself, long before any human art begins; they understand each other and have the power of continuing to make themselves understood more and more clearly; they belong together and are by nature one and an inseparable whole.

The exigencies of Napoleon's campaigns in Poland —07the Iberian Peninsulawestern Germany, and his disastrous invasion of Russia in disillusioned many Germans, princes and peasants alike. Napoleon's Continental System nearly ruined the Central European economy. The invasion of Russia included nearlytroops from German lands, and the loss of that army encouraged many Germans, both high- and low-born, to envision a Central Europe free of Napoleon's influence.

InNapoleon mounted a campaign in the German states to bring them back into the French orbit; the subsequent War of Liberation culminated in the great Battle of Leipzigalso known as the Battle of Nations.

In Octobermore thancombatants engaged in ferocious fighting over three days, making it the largest European land battle of the 19th century.

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The engagement resulted in a decisive victory for the Coalition of Austria, Prussia, Russia, Saxony, and Sweden, and it ended French power east of the Rhine. Success encouraged the Coalition forces to pursue Napoleon across the Rhine; his army and his government collapsed, and the victorious Coalition incarcerated Napoleon on Elba.

The Prussian cavalry pursued the defeated French in the evening of 18 June, sealing the allied victory. Congress of Vienna Coat of arms of the German Confederationalso called Deutscher Bund After Napoleon's defeat, the Congress of Vienna established a new European political-diplomatic system based on the balance of power.

This system reorganized Europe into spheres of influencewhich, in some cases, suppressed the aspirations of the various nationalities, including the Germans and Italians. The Congress established a loose German Confederation —headed by Austria, with a "Federal Diet " called the Bundestag or Bundesversammlungan assembly of appointed leaders that met in the city of Frankfurt am Main.Note that this isn't only about poetry.

This trope is about literature, music, writing epic sagas, philosophy any sufficiently refined way of expression combined . The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier looks first hand look at the life of an average soldier at the time, Jakob Walter.

He was a nineteen year old german boy enlisted by conscription and assigned to regiment Romig, later known as Franquemont Regiment.

Sep 22,  · The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot SoldierBy Jakob WalterEdited by Marc RaeffDoubleday, pages, $20In the summer of , Professor Frank E. Melvin was teaching a .

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The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier looks first hand look at the life of an average soldier at the time, Jakob Walter. He was a nineteen year old german boy enlisted by conscription and assigned to regiment Romig, later known as Franquemont Regiment.

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Lind. One reason parts of Iraq have quieted down, at least for a while, has received widespread attention: the Sunni split from al-Qaeda. The Diary of a Napoleonic Foot Soldier, by Jakob Walter Edited and with an Introduction by Marc Raeff (read 22 Oct ) In Jakob Walter sent an account of his doings as a soldier /5(4).

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