William Godwin's Diary


Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) defeated the Prussian army at Jena, allowing the French to enter Berlin. After some months of rest, Napoleon turned his forces northwards and defeated the Russian-Prussian coalition at Friedland. The treaties of Tilsit brought about an alliance between France and Russia and then France and Prussia. Prussia lost half its territories and the treaties were viewed by Russian and Prussian observers as being unfair.

See Franklin L. Ford, A General History of Europe 1780-1830 (London: Longman, 1970), pp. 206-7.