The Anglo-Swedish Alliance Against Napoleonic France by C. Jorgensen

By C. Jorgensen

This new research through Christer Jorgensen addresses a miles ignored box of analysis within the heritage of Scandinavia and the higher Baltic zone throughout the Napoleonic Age. The e-book concentrates upon kin and the alliance among Britain and Sweden in the course of the heart years of the warfare; years that encompassed the Austerlitz crusade, the complex diplomatic talks among the allies, Russia's abandonment of the allied reason at Tilsit (1807), the Russo-Swedish warfare (1808-09) that determined the destiny of Finland, the capitulation of the Gibraltar of the North, and at last the turbulent politics of Sweden in the course of and after the coup of March 1809.

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However, the Swedish ministers were unconvinced about the need for Russian support, or the sincerity of Alexander’s offer of support. As long as Sweden was not directly threatened by France, the ministers argued, the king’s loud disapproval of Napoleon’s actions were only drawing unwanted attention to their country. The same ideas of timidity and appeasement prevailed among the ministers in Vienna and Berlin. Both Gustavus IV and the Russian government found the timidity of Austria and Prussia unfathomable since they, more than any other powers, were very directly in Napoleon’s path of advance.

On the other hand, Silverhjelm could put the king’s financial demands to ‘good’ use in order to anger and irritate Harrowby enough to drop any further proposals. 36 However, not in the way that Silverhjelm had expected because he had exaggerated his performance. Harrowby immediately smelt a rat and enquired with Pierrepoint whether Gustavus IV shared Silverhjelm’s views. Pierrepoint’s despatches quickly proved that the Swedish envoy had deliberately and consistently misrepresented the king’s demands and views.

15 Lagerbjelke could, therefore, be counted upon to do his utmost to sabotage Sweden’s chances of being part of the coalition against Napoleon, which was being constructed in a piecemeal fashion. It now remained to be seen whether, given the The Road to War: 1804–5 23 timidity of the Great Powers, besides Russia, such an alliance really was a viable proposition and what role, if any, Sweden would play therein? 2 The Anglo-Russian coalition As relations with France worsened week by week, those with Russia warmed to the point of making an alliance a reality.

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