- Feb 2019
A wishful scenario that would need Alien Space Bats to work. Napoleon had more armies to face with the Austrians and the Russians converging on the banks of the Rhine, more Austrians in Italy, the Spanish armies across the Pyrenees, the pro-Bourbon royalists that revolted and took over western French provinces, more Prussian armies that could be sent and the very likely scenario of the armies at Waterloo surviving destruction even if defeated. All in all he faced over 1.000.000 coalition soldiers across multiple fronts, had dwindling popularity, revolts in his own territory, disloyal marshals and conspirators among his own ranks and an army only over 200.000 strong in all. His only ally was Murat in Naples, who was defeated before Waterloo and only by a secondary Austrian army.True, but Waterloo was not without relevance even to China:
What if Napoleon had won battle of Waterloowww.scmp.com
It is the evening of June 18, 1815 and an exultant Napoleon Bonaparte surveys the field after winning the Battle of Waterloo, planning his next conquest.
Within years his empire will stretch as far as China, French will be spoken across the continent (...)
But if one imagines that Bonaparte had eventually defeated his European enemies in the long-term, his ambitions afterwards would have been demonstrably larger, historians said.
"If Napoleon followed his original plans for 1810, he would have invaded Russia again and potentially extended his empire as far as China," da Luz said.
An even more radical scenario was put forward in the 19th century by the French writer Louis Geoffroy. In his novel Napoleon and the Conquest of the World, 1812-1832, he described how Napoleon was able to overrun China, turning it into a mere "Asian province".
The idea that Napoleon could win after Waterloo, let alone conquer as far as China is rather strange.