copping hiding after hiding at the hands of the French, Austria
refused to accept the fact its armies could not compete on the field
of battle with that of the upstart revolutionaries.
the most conservative empire in Europe, with its hegemony over a
large number of different ethnic nations, Austria was most endangered
by the ideals of the French Revolution
and Napoleon Bonaparte.
fielding large armies against Bonaparte, Austria lost prestige and
huge territories in the years of war that followed the French Revolution
and the rise of Bonaparte.
1810, Francis agreed to his daughter, Marie-Louise,
marrying the French emperor and that began a three-year peace.
1813, however, his nation joined the Sixth
Coalition and played a huge part in defeating his son-in-law.