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Napoleon had been working hard in building a powerful and great empire ever since the beginning of his rule as Emperor in 1804 Since before that time he had managed to expand French territory into Italy he had annexed the Austrian Netherlands The German States the Batavian Republic later on he annexed parts of Egypt and Parts of Spain It was because of this hugely successful foreign policy and Frances revolutionary background that the Nations of Europe particularly Britain Austria and Russia felt threatened France was considered such a huge threat because of the revolution it had carried out and the changes it was imposing on the countries that Napoleon successfully annexed it was a threat to the monarchy as a system and because of that France was the number one enemy in Europe at the time Napoleons downfall was a slow process that actually began many years before Napoleon was actually overthrown by the Allied Forces in Europe Napoleons first military defeat was in 1810 when his general Mass was defeated in Portugal in Napoleons Peninsular campaign As well as the peninsular defeat Napoleon had never won a water battle against Britain and that was a great step-back for his expansionist dreams However Napoleons biggest defeat was in his Russian Campaign in 1812 there he lost around 200000 men and a lot of his prestige This campaign was originally carried out because of Napoleons expansionist aims in the east and north of Europe and because the Tsar refused to join Napoleons Continental System the System in itself was a weak spot in Napoleons rule it aimed at crippling Britain by ceasing trade with the island however it backfired Russia refused to join and several other countries boycotted the System this weakened Napoleon Despite these defeats Napoleon was still a very powerful man and did not show any more signs of weakening he still held a firm grip on his conquered lands and single-handedly governed
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