A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems by Henry A. Kissinger PDF

By Henry A. Kissinger

The Napoleonic Wars have been via a virtually extraordinary century of political balance. a global Restored analyses the alliances shaped and treaties signed through 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 overseas secretary, and Prince von Metter- nich, his Austrian counterpart. Henry Kissinger explains how the turbulent courting among those males, the differing matters in their respective nations and the altering nature of international relations all prompted the ultimate form of the peace. initially released in 1957.

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Psychologists may well ponder how it came about Irish peer, whose career had given no indication of profound conceptions, should become the most European of British statesmen. No man more different from his great protagonist, Metternich, that this Metternich was elegant, facile, rationalist; Castlereagh, solid, ponderous, pragmatic^the former was witty and eloquent, if somewhat pedantic; the latter cumbersome in expression, although effective in debate; Metternich was doctrinaire and devious; Castlereagh, matter-of-fact and direct.

An alliance was negotiated with France providing for an Austrian auxiliary corps of thirty thousand men to operate under the direct command of Napoleon and to utilize French supplies. 1 Whatever one may think of the morality of this step, there is no doubt that it achieved Metternich's objectives. Austria could arm, not only without the opposition, but with the encouragement of France. It had been assured of a voice in the peace settlement and obtained a symbolic expression of a preferential status in the French system.

1 Hansard (Commons), 20 March, 1815. for example, his advice to the French King, Webster n, p. C. x, p. 26. C. rx, p. 434. * See, 504 (Appen THE INSULAR STATESMAN 33 sider the alliance as a protection against future aggression^ Since the Revolutionary wars had assumed such scope because the universality of Napoleon's claims had undermined all confidence, the restoration of good faith to international relations was the prerequisite of per manent peace. "If jealousies are not repressed," he wrote in 1814 to his problem child, Lord William Bentinck, ".

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