Napoleon Wins Waterloo…But then What?

What would have happened if Napoleon and his army had won the Battle of Waterloo and continued to fight and conquer Europe?

In doing research about Napoleon and his goals and the different areas he was planning on fighting for next, it is easy to see that Napoleon would have kept going if he had not been defeated by the British forces at Waterloo. Napoleons goal as a leader was to conquer all of Europe in order to unify it into one country although I could not really find exactly why without super extensive research, my though is that it was partly as a statement of power for him to able to say that he had conquered all of Europe and now ruled it, and partly to keep peace, which would be easier if it was one unified country as opposed to the divided countries that had pretty much taken turns fighting for a long time.

Its a fairly well known fact that in 1815 Napoleon was defeated in what is now Belgium at the Battle of Waterloo but if he had won he definitely would have kept going. Next in his plan was to go to conquer Brussels and continue towards Russia and Germany. Chances are he would have made it as far as Russia, however, based on research and of course historic proof, he would not have made it much farther. At each battle Napoleon was losing more and more soldiers and the Russians and the Austrians had very large armies prepared to meet him if he were to make it that far. This means he would have only fought a few more weeks or months past Waterloo depending on how long each battle in between took.

For my Alternate History Image Assignment I used to canva.com and layered the well known painting of Napoleon on his horse onto a painting of Brussels to show what his next step would have looked like if he had not been defeated at Waterloo.

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If this had actually happened, even though Napoleon probably still would have been defeated later, chances are things would be different today, for example all territories between France and Russia may have a bit more of a french influence and culture than they do today.Unfortunately we will never know, considering shortly after his defeat, Napoleon was exiled and died, meaning he never had the chance to try again. Although his defeat did bring about an era of peace in Europe that lasted for a long time.

 

5 Replies to “Napoleon Wins Waterloo…But then What?”

  1. That is really cool that you did research into Napoleon’s plans and reasons for conquering Europe. Your first paragraph is a great intro to you post, but it does have some grammatical and spelling/word-choice errors.

    > (Napoleons)(should be “Napoleon’s”) goal as a leader was to conquer all of Europe in order to unify it into one country ()(split sentence) although I could not (really)(unnecessary word) find exactly why without super extensive research, my (though)(should be “thought”) is that it was partly as a statement of power for him (to able)(unnecessary) to say that he had (conquered all of Europe and now ruled it)(could switch the word order to flow smoother), and partly to keep peace, which would be easier if (it)(would say ‘Europe’ again for clarity) was one unified country as opposed to the divided countries that had pretty much taken turns fighting for a long time.

    Your second paragraph has some grammar errors as well as some stylistic issues. Also, for these posts we need to write out numbers fully and avoid contractions at all cost.

    > (Its)(should be “It’s”, but to avoid contractions should use “It is”) a fairly well known fact that in (1815)(should be written out) Napoleon was defeated in what is now Belgium at the Battle of Waterloo()(missing comma) but if he had won he definitely would have kept going. Next in his plan was (to go)(unnecessary) to conquer Brussels and continue towards Russia and Germany. Chances are he would have made it as far as Russia, however, based on research and (of course)(unnecessary) historic proof, he would not have made it much farther. At each battle Napoleon was losing more and more soldiers()(missing comma) and the Russians and the Austrians had very large armies prepared to meet him (if he were to make it that far)(would instead say “if he made it that far” or “were he to make it that far”). (This means)(could use “Consequently,”) he would have only fought a few more weeks or months past Waterloo()(might need a comma here, depending on who you talk to) depending on how long each battle in between took.

    There is an extra word in your third paragraph.

    > For my Alternate History Image Assignment I used (to)(extra word) (canva.com)(should instead just say “Canva” but have it be a hyperlink) and layered the (well known)(should be “well-known”) painting of Napoleon on his horse onto a painting of Brussels to show what his next step would have looked like if he had not been defeated at Waterloo.

    You also have some errors in the last paragraph as well.

    > If this had actually happened, even though Napoleon probably still would have been defeated later, chances are things would be different today(,)(end sentence here and begins new one) for example()(missing comma) all territories between France and Russia (may have)(would instead say “might have had”) a bit more of a (french)(would capitalize) influence and culture than they do today.()(missing space)Unfortunately we will never know, considering shortly after his defeat, Napoleon was exiled and died, meaning he never had the chance to try again. (Although)(just does not feel right here, would try some other wordings) his defeat did bring about an era of peace in Europe that lasted for a long time.

    I am not sure if I need to try reloading your post after clearing my cache or something, but the embedded Instagram post for your work is showing up blank on my computer. I may try loading your post again later, and if the picture is working I will let you know.

    Your story is solid take on the question of the week, but I would encourage you to try writing your stories as clips from experiences, exchanges of dialogue between characters, or as other non-traditional explanations of what is going on in your picture. By doing so, you may be able to find more depth to the images that you are creating and use that additional perspective to fuel further creativity.

  2. Overall this post has a great balance between the paragraphs of information and the images! This kept me interested when I was reading, LOVE THE MINIONS. In you the post you have great content! Sadly your image from Canva does not work and that was the main focus of this post.

  3. This is a pretty interesting topic. I would personally disagree with the statement that Napoleon couldn’t win however. Napoleon was an exceptionally skilled commander and once one a battle where he was facing a force more then double in size. Fun fact on the day of Waterloo Napoleon’s hemorrhoids were acting up and he could not personal lead and command his men as he liked to do.

  4. That is cool that you did research into Napoleon’s plans and reasons for conquering Europe. Your first paragraph is a great intro to you post, but it does have some grammatical and spelling/word-choice errors.

    > (Napoleons)(should be “Napoleon’s”) goal as a leader was to conquer all of Europe in order to unify it into one country ()(split sentence) although I could not (really)(unnecessary word) find exactly why without super extensive research, my (though)(should be “thought”) is that it was partly as a statement of power for him (to able)(unnecessary) to say that he had (conquered all of Europe and now ruled it)(could switch the word order to flow smoother), and partly to keep peace, which would be easier if (it)(would say ‘Europe’ again for clarity) was one unified country as opposed to the divided countries that had pretty much taken turns fighting for a long time.

    Your second paragraph has some grammar errors as well as some stylistic issues. Also, for these posts we need to write out numbers fully and avoid contractions at all cost.

    > (Its)(should be “It’s”, but to avoid contractions should use “It is”) a fairly well known fact that in (1815)(should be written out) Napoleon was defeated in what is now Belgium at the Battle of Waterloo()(missing comma) but if he had won he definitely would have kept going. Next in his plan was (to go)(unnecessary) to conquer Brussels and continue towards Russia and Germany. Chances are he would have made it as far as Russia, however, based on research and (of course)(unnecessary) historic proof, he would not have made it much farther. At each battle Napoleon was losing more and more soldiers()(missing comma) and the Russians and the Austrians had very large armies prepared to meet him (if he were to make it that far)(would instead say “if he made it that far” or “were he to make it that far”). (This means)(could use “Consequently,”) he would have only fought a few more weeks or months past Waterloo()(might need a comma here, depending on who you talk to) depending on how long each battle in between took.

    There is an extra word in your third paragraph.

    > For my Alternate History Image Assignment I used (to)(extra word) (canva.com)(should instead just say “Canva” but have it be a hyperlink) and layered the (well known)(should be “well-known”) painting of Napoleon on his horse onto a painting of Brussels to show what his next step would have looked like if he had not been defeated at Waterloo.

    You also have some errors in the last paragraph as well.

    > If this had actually happened, even though Napoleon probably still would have been defeated later, chances are things would be different today(,)(end sentence here and begins new one) for example()(missing comma) all territories between France and Russia (may have)(would instead say “might have had”) a bit more of a (french)(would capitalize) influence and culture than they do today.()(missing space)Unfortunately we will never know, considering shortly after his defeat, Napoleon was exiled and died, meaning he never had the chance to try again. (Although)(just does not feel right here, would try some other wordings) his defeat did bring about an era of peace in Europe that lasted for a long time.

    The embedded Instagram post for your work is showing up blank on my computer. I may try loading your post again later, and if the picture is working I will let you know.

    Your story is solid take on the question of the week, but I would encourage you to try writing your stories as clips from experiences, exchanges of dialogue between characters, or as other non-traditional explanations of what is going on in your picture. By doing so, you may be able to find more depth to the images that you are creating and use that additional perspective to fuel further creativity.

  5. This is really fascinating to me, as I used to live in Waterloo, Belgium. I like how you kept the alternative fair, and said that there would have been more French culture in Europe. I believe the same if he had won. I would have like to hear more about the size of some countries too. Would France be bigger than it is today?

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