Borders, War, and Nation-Building in Napoleon’s Europe

  • Michael Rowe


The French Revolution, in its early stages, promised the creation of a Europe without borders. Yet borders within Europe were destined to endure. Indeed, they became more tangible in the nineteenth century in terms of their delineation, .demarcation, and policing. This chapter analyzes the postponement of borderless Europe. Initially, the focus is on the decade after the outbreak of the Revolution in 1789, a period characterized in France by dramatic oscillations in many policy areas, including with respect to borders. The essay then examines the Napoleonic period proper (1799–1815), identifying in particular the policy contradictions inherited from the Revolution.


Satellite State French Revolution International Border Tariff Barrier Military Conscription 
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