Editor says, what if Napoleon had won the Battle of Waterloo? muses Jeff Provine on the This Day in Alternate History web site. Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).
Editor says, in reality the rains did not slow the Prussians' march, and Napoleon?s wait until noon for the battlefield to dry has been criticized as one of many possible points where the battle was lost. Blucher's forces swept into the battlefield in a flanking maneuver that defeated the French utterly, leading Napoleon to surrender to the HMS Bellephoron and into British political asylum. Metternich's Congress of Vienna determined a new Europe, satisfying conservatives while ignoring the growing strength of liberalization that had been spread by the short-lived Napoleonic Empire. Although it created decades of external stability, revolutions and nationalistic wars would eventually shatter the ideals of empire. Editorial comments are entered in [light green] typeface.