By Henry A. Kissinger
The Napoleonic Wars have been by means of a nearly exceptional century of political balance. a global Restored analyses the alliances shaped and treaties signed through the world's leaders through 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 matters in their respective international locations and the altering nature of international relations all stimulated the ultimate form of the peace. initially released in 1957.
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The more elementary the experience, the more profound its impact on a nation's interpretation of the present in the light of the past. It is even possible for a nation to undergo an experience so shattering that it becomes the prisoner of its past. Such was not the case with the Britain of 1812, however. It had had its shock and it had survived. But although its moral structure remained unimpaired, it emerged from the ordeal of nearly a decade of isolation with the resolve never to stand alone again.
Such was not the case with the Britain of 1812, however. It had had its shock and it had survived. But although its moral structure remained unimpaired, it emerged from the ordeal of nearly a decade of isolation with the resolve never to stand alone again. If one were free to draw a prescription for a man to give effect to resolution, this there are few one would be less likely to select than Lord Castlereagh, who became British Foreign Secretary at tlje very moment that the Grande Armee was assembling at the Niemen.
1 Every thing depended, therefore, not only on the defeat of Napoleon but on the manner in which it was achieved, not only on the creation of a coalition but also on the principle in the name of which it was to fight. "3 But it was clear what Austria's moral position required: a war of states, not of nations, a coalition legitimized by a doctrine of conservatism and stability, and brought about, if possible, in the name of existing treaties rather than by their rupture. In addition, considerations of power inspired Metternich with caution.