- Aug 2014
How is this any different to Roman provinces plotting and gathering forces to break away from the rule of Rome? Or Roman generals plotting and gathering forces to try and take the throne? Prussia and Austria were most definitely part of the French Empire. So was Italy. Spain has always been recalcitrant right back to the time of the Republic; Rome always had a tenuous hold on it. If Spain is to be considered part of the Roman Empire then it must also be considered part of the French Empire. Its government and resources were controlled by France.But it is incorrect to describe Prussia or Austria as ever being part of the "French Empire". Even when they were allies of Napoleon they were rebuilding their forces, planning for possible future wars against Napoleon when and if the situation seemed favorable.