The wars had lasted for a generation. Some of the men who fought at Waterloo were unborn when their fathers fought over the same territory in the first campaigns of the revolutionary war. Europe had changed enormously during the twenty-three years. Britain was the only major power which did not experience a major invasion or a significant change in its government structure during the period. Her institutions and her sovereignty had remained intact; but she was no longer the only country to boast a constitution and a constitutional monarchy.
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