can someone explain the brunswick manifesto in a nutshell?

like how would you explain the brunswick manifesto if a 5 year old asked you…i have to do a research paper on it and i have no idea what it is

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  • Karl Wilhelm Ferdinand, Duke of Brunswick-Luneburg, (Herzog v. Braunschweig-Luneburg) (October 9, 1735 – 1806) was a German military general born in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. He is a recognized master of the modern warfare of the mid-18th century, a cultured and benevolent despot in the model of Frederick the Great, and was married to the sister of George III. In his youth, he travelled throughout Holland, France and various parts of Germany, giving him an unusually wide and thorough education.

    In the early summer of 1792, Ferdinand was poised with military forces at Coblenz. After the Girondins had managed for France to declare war on Austria, voted on April 20, 1792, the Catholic Holy Roman Emperor Leopold II and the Protestant King of Prussia Frederick William II had combined armies and put them under Brunswick’s command.

    The “Brunswick Proclamation” or “Brunswick Manifesto” that he now issued from Coblenz on July 25, 1792 threatened war and ruin to soldiers and civilians alike, should the Republicans injure Louis XVI and his family. His avowed aim was

    “to put an end to the anarchy in the interior of France, to check the attacks upon the throne and the altar, to reestablish the legal power, to restore to the king the security and the liberty of which he is now deprived and to place him in a position to exercise once more the legitimate authority which belongs to him.”

    Additionally, the manifesto threatened the French public with instant punishment should they resist the Imperial and Prussian armies, or the reinstatement of the monarchy.

    The proclamation was intended to threaten the French public into submission; it had exactly the opposite effect. It helped begin the French Revolutionary Wars.

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