The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy: War and Great Power Diplomacy after Napoleon

Overview

Two centuries ago, Europe emerged from one of the greatest crises in its history. In September 1814, the rulers of Europe and their ministers descended upon Vienna to reconstruct Europe after two decades of revolution and war, with the major decisions made by the statesmen of the great powers - Castlereagh, Metternich, Talleyrand, Hardenberg and Emperor Alexander of Russia. The territorial reconstruction of Europe, however, is only a part of this story. It was followed, in the years 1815 to 1822, by a bold ...

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Overview

Two centuries ago, Europe emerged from one of the greatest crises in its history. In September 1814, the rulers of Europe and their ministers descended upon Vienna to reconstruct Europe after two decades of revolution and war, with the major decisions made by the statesmen of the great powers - Castlereagh, Metternich, Talleyrand, Hardenberg and Emperor Alexander of Russia. The territorial reconstruction of Europe, however, is only a part of this story. It was followed, in the years 1815 to 1822, by a bold experiment in international cooperation and counter-revolution, known as the 'Congress System'. The Congress of Vienna and subsequent Congresses constituted a major turbaning point – the first genuine attempt to forge an 'international order', to bring long-term peace to a troubled Europe, and to control the pace of political change through international supervision and intervention. In this book, Mark Jarrett argues that the decade of the European Congresses in fact marked the beginning of our modern era, with a profound impact upon the course of subsequent developments. Based upon extensive research, this book provides a fresh look at a pivotal but often neglected period.

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"The system established by the Congress of Vienna is of great interest to both historians and political scientists, and Mark Jarrett's is one of the rare treatments that will appeal to both groups. His narrative gives a clear guidance through the complexities of the era and his analysis engages the central arguments about the period. It is a model treatment." - Robert Jervis, Professor of International and Public Affairs and Adlai E. Stevenson Professor of Political Science, Columbia University, USA 

"The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy successfully combines well-balanced historical research, with fresh and vivid history-telling in the best sense of the word, truly enjoyable for all kinds of readers. This is one of the most comprehensively documented and captivating books on the history of the Congress System published in years." - Stella Ghervas, Institut d'études avancées, Paris, France and author of Réinventer la tradition. Alexandre Stourdza et l'Europe de la Sainte-Alliance (winner of the Guizot Prize of the Académie Française, 2009)
 
"Mark Jarrett's beautifully written book deploys a great deal of information without ever getting lost in detail. It weaves together personality and policy, providing a clear analysis of political structures as well as a vivid portrait of personalities." - James J. Sheehan, Dickason Professor in the Humanities and Professor of Modern European History emeritus, Stanford University, USA

"This will become the definitive work on the Congress of Vienna with all its personalities, intrigues, and significance for the nation-state and how we think of diplomacy today." - James Warlick, former US Ambassador to Bulgaria

"Mastering all the relevant primary sources as well as the secondary literature, encompassing all the latest research and analyses of international historians as well as the theories of international relations specialists, Mark Jarrett illuminates a vital two decades in European history that have long been neglected. His is indeed a wonderful book - clearly written, extremely well-researched, open to a whole variety of explanations from historians and political scientists, well-balanced, fair in its judgements of historical characters and contemporary academic opinion and seminal in its allusions to present-day events. I have little doubt that this book will become the standard work on the Congress System." – Alan Sked, Professor of International History, London School of Economics and Political Science, UK from the foreword to this book

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Meet the Author

Mark Jarrett gained his PhD in History from Stanford University, USA and has had a long career as a lawyer.

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Table of Contents

1.Preface
2.War
3.The European State System and the Napoleonic Wars
4.The Collapse of the Napoleonic Empire, 1812-1814
5.Napoleon's Invasion of Peace
6.The Congress of Vienna, 1814-1815
7.The Birth of the Congress System, 1815-1818
8.Diplomacy
9.The Alliance In Operation, 1819-1820
10.Rift and Reunion, 1820-1822
11.The Twilight of the Congress System, 1822-1823
12.The Legacy of the Congress System: Success or Failure?
13.Chronology
14.Notes
15.Select Bibliography
16.Index

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