Bavykin Y.V.

Russia’s Interests and Role in The Establishment of The Kingdom of The Netherlands: The Dynastic Union with The House of Orange as An Instrument of Foreign Policy Under Alexander I

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries Europe was largely influenced by the French Revolution, which appeared as a major blow to the Westphalian political system. Motivated by its revolutionary ideas with the aim to spread them throughout Europe, to confirm its political and economic hegemony on the continent, the First French Republic and later the First Napoleonic Empire during its numerous wars conquered and controlled most of western countries, including the Netherlands, which later also became a satellite state of France.