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HE war between the great Powers on the
borders of Europe and Asia, necessarily demanded, on various accounts, our utmost attention, in treating the History of the present year. Its importance was not only proportioned to its present magnitude, and the greatness of the
parties immediately engaged, but to the general and abundant danger with which it seemed teeming. Having, in the first instance, speedily extended its baleful influence to the northern kingdoms, it was apparently on the point of involving the greater part, if not the whole, of Europe in the calamity; nor would it have been easy to draw a line in
any quarter of the world, beyond which, from its nature, it was not possibly capable of reaching. This war, in its actual and more confined state, presented a spectacle neither common nor incurious. It shewed the extraordinary exertions which the untaught genius of a single man, operating upon the desperate courage of a people fighting for their all, but almost totally destitute of military knowledge, experience, and discipline, wese together capable of making, when opposed, not only to a vast superiority in number and force, but to the veteran armies of two of the first military Powers in the world, who have long been uņiformly endeavouring to carry the art of war, in all its parts, to the highest possible point of perfection.