The relations between Spain and France after the Peace of Basle were characterised by continuity in the basic need felt for a political alliance, together with the maintenance of France's hegemonic and interventionist stance. In the absence of any true specific plan for Spain, the consistency of Napoleon's policy is explained, despite the complexity of the decisions and interests at stake, by the sheer momentum of the two countries' relations since 1795. Moreover, the caution with which Napoleon took his decisions, his need for clear and complete data as a prerequisite to policy decision-making, his careful selection of reliable men for key diplomatic, military or delegated posts, did not preserve him from excessive self-confidence and the belief in a number of clichés about Spain.
|Journal||Annales Historiques de la Revolution Francaise|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Apr 2004|