By Henry A. Kissinger
The Napoleonic Wars have been by way of a nearly unheard of century of political balance. a global Restored analyses the alliances shaped and treaties signed by means of the world's leaders in the course of the years 1812 to 1822, focussing at the personalities of the 2 major negotiators: Viscount Castlereagh, the British international secretary, and Prince von Metter- nich, his Austrian counterpart. Henry Kissinger explains how the turbulent courting among those males, the differing issues in their respective international locations and the altering nature of international relations all prompted the ultimate form of the peace. initially released in 1957.
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Extra resources for A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822
Few individuals have left behind them such a paucity of personal reminiscences. Icy and reserved, Castlereagh walked his solitary path, as humanly un approachable as his policy came to be incomprehensible to the majority of his countrymen. It was said of him that he was like a splendid summit of polished frost, icy, beautiful, aloof, of a stature that nobody could reach and few would care to. It was not until his tragic death that the world was to learn the price of solitude. Yet as a symbol of the British experience Castlereagh could hardly have been more appropriate.
By the semblance of self-defence. "1 Thus, Metternich transcended the chasm between opposing legiti macies which characterizes revolutionary situations, by boldly using Napoleon's concept of legitimacy — the only one he recognized — against him. And just as Napoleon's conquests were due to the fact that his opponents could not conceive a policy of unlimited objec tives, so Napoleon's final overthrow was caused by his own inability to comprehend the instability of dynastic relations. Metternich did not wait long to take advantage of his new position.
Rx, p. 474, 3 April, 1814. 8 19 April, 1814. "1 Up to this point Castlereagh's views on foreign relations were in harmony with those of the country or at least could be made the British envoy to the Tsar: Congress but not out to it. But when Castlereagh began to transform the Alliance against Napoleon into an international organization to preserve the peace, he was to separate himself not only from the country and the Cabinet but also from his allies. For co-operation, based on a commitment in effect confined to French aggression, proved too little for the Continental nations and too much for the British domestic structure.
A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 by Henry A. Kissinger