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A close-up on: the creation of the Confederation of the Rhine, 12 July, 1806


<i>Meeting between Napoleon and Baron Karl von Dalberg </i>

Meeting between Napoleon and Baron Karl von Dalberg

After having sketched out his ideas regarding France and German lands in a letter to Talleyrand (Minister of Foreign Affairs) dated October 1805, Napoleon went further in the spring of 1806, creating a confederation of small western German states grouped around the three "principal" allies, Bavaria, Wurtemberg and Baden. This (essentially defensive) bastion was later to serve as a springboard for offensive manoeuvres against Prussia, Austria and also Russia.



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