4. Sobel does not mention the Russian involvement in the Trans-Oceanic War, nor does he refer to the hostilities between Austria and Russia that preoccupied both of those nations in 1796.

But then, Sobel's history is focused on North America, not side issues like foreign policy in St. Petersburg. On page 60, Sobel writes: "Details of the European war need not concern us in this book."

Without those details, IOW readers of Sobel's history find it hard to imagine how Prussia and England could outlast France and Austria and come out decidedly on top at war's end. The Russian intervention of Paul explains that puzzle.

(Return to Napoleon's Nail (Part 4).)

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