Like all wars, the revolutionary and Napoleonic wars of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries are characterized by asymmetries. With their varying coalitions and short-lived peace accords, the wars around 1800 were a patchwork of wide though uneven geographic spread. Armed conflict started on 20 April 1792 when the new French Republic declared war on Austria and ended in 1815 with the Congress of Vienna. When Austria first responded to France’s challenge, Prussia joined its ally in the campaign. By the end of 1794, France had rid itself of its invaders and the revolutionary troops now resumed the offensive into Germany. In 1795 Prussia signed the Peace of Basle. Prussia re-entered the fight in 1806, only to suffer another defeat in the battle of Jena and Auerstädt on 14 October 1806.
"Transcendental Soldiers: Warfare in Schiller's Wallenstein and Die Jungfrau von Orleans,"
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