The Congress of Vienna: A Study in Allied Unity, 1812-1822

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Grove Press, 2000 - History - 312 pages
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In 1812, at the end of the Napoleonic Wars, a congress convened in Vienna in which the fate of Europe was to be determined for the next hundred years. Attending were the great statesmen of the time -- the wily French foreign minister, Talleyrand; his brave but misguided British counterpart, Lord Castlereagh; the conservative Austrian chancellor, Prince Metternich; and the idealistic but unstable tsar Alexander. Beginning with Napoleon's harrowing retreat from Moscow, the pace of the narrative holds throughout the negotiations in the Austrian capital, where the power struggle to both restore a lost world and ensure a stable future took place. Harold Nicolson's classic is narrative history at its best. "With swift pace, clear focus and a series of brilliant character sketches, this is narrative history at its best." -- The New York Times
 

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The Congress of Vienna, written in 1945, is still by far the best book on this subject. It also gives a good insight in the workings of diplomacy and is very direct and open about the characters of the main players. On top of this it is very well written. Read full review

Contents

The Revival of Prussia
17
The Intervention of Austria
32
The Frankfurt Proposals
48
The Advent of Castlereagh
64
The First Peace of Paris
83
London Interlude
102
The Congress Assembles
119
The Problem of Procedure
134
The Polish Negotiations
164
The Italian and German Settlements
182
General Questions 100
211
The Second Peace of Paris
219
The Holy Alliance
240
The Failure of the Conference System
257
NOTES
275
LIST OF BOOKS CONSULTED
297

The Approach to the Polish Problem
148

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