is no better way to learn about Napoleon Bonaparte's life
and career than by reading The Napoleonic Guide's biography.
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Russia initially joined its ally France in the Continental System blockade, but the effect was damaging to Russia’s own trade, and ports were reopened to neutral ships on December 31, 1810, straining the Franco-Russian partnership. On June 24, 1812, Napoleon led an army of 600,000— le Grand Armee , the largest in the history of Europe up to that time—in an invasion of Russia. Unable to defeat such a force, the Russians fell back and adopted a scorched earth policy, burning buildings, crops, orchards and anything else that could be of use to the French.