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Posted December 25, 2009
19th century diplomacy with long term effects
Well researched, highly readable account of the Congress of Vienna. I was vagely familiar with this conference and the major players, but the profiles provided in this book of Talleyrand, Czar Alexander, Metternich, Napoleon (who was in exile on Elba), and others were clear and interesting. Unknown to me were the long term effects of this summit of royalty and diplomats, on the future of Europe and the world. The conference went beyond a normal 'divide the spoils' mentality after the first defeat of Napoleon and touched on such modern(for the time) topics as, abolition of slavery, freedom of the press, freedom of religion.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted September 19, 2009
An Intriguing Look Into the Congress of Vienna and the Behind the Scenes Plots of the Monarchies of the early 1800's
If you are interested in the intrigues and concerns of all the monarchies at Vienna following the exile of Napoleon to Elba this is the book for you. A close up look at the plots and ploys of all the powers involved including Republican France. All the main players are here. Their goals and desires...including the role played by important women of the day. You will read of the Congress itself and the heavy burden placed upon Austria who hosted hundreds and hundreds of people, feeding them day after day with incredible meals...to the point the Austrian treasury thought they would bankrupt themselves with the expense. If you enjoy a close look at life and politics in this particular period you will not be unhappy with this work. I, infact, enjoyed it so much I purchased a copy for a friend. You will gain an insight into the mindset of Napoleion's contemporaries and the concerns about a Republican France and why they considered restoring the monarchy to France.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
You will not be displeased with this work.
Posted May 18, 2011
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