July 9th in German History: Prussia Signs the Treaty of Tilsit

Two days ago, I discussed Russia’s treaty with France. That treaty left Russia with its territory and national honor intact. The Prussian treaty, however, was not nearly as lenient. Prussia would suffer perhaps the greatest catastrophe of its history, and was made completely subservient to Napoleon from the signing of the treaty on July 9th,Continue reading “July 9th in German History: Prussia Signs the Treaty of Tilsit”

July 7th in German History: The Treaty of Tilsit Between France and Russia

The Napoleon Wars saw many defeats for Prussia, and those defeats resulted in crippling losses of territory and manpower. On July 9th, 1807, Prussia signed the humiliating Treaty of Tilsit with France. However, on July 7th, Russia, Prussia’s former ally, signed its own treaty, ending its involvement in the war of the Fourth Coalition. Napoleon’sContinue reading “July 7th in German History: The Treaty of Tilsit Between France and Russia”

May 30th in German History: Napoleon Surrenders

Napoleon Bonaparte was for nearly two decades the master of Europe. He defeated the armies of Prussia, Austria, Russia, and Britain, reshaping Europe in his image and making himself the bane of European monarchism. Napoleon would not remain undefeated forever. His invasion of Russia would end in a complete disaster, and the British forced hisContinue reading “May 30th in German History: Napoleon Surrenders”