By Henry A. Kissinger
The Napoleonic Wars have been by means of a virtually unparalleled century of political balance. a global Restored analyses the alliances shaped and treaties signed by means of 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 dating among those males, the differing issues in their respective international locations and the altering nature of international relations all motivated the ultimate form of the peace. initially released in 1957.
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It expressed the conviction that transformations of foreign governments could not affect British institutions, that threats to British security were political, not social in nature. Who possessed the mouth of the Scheldt was important to Britain, because on it depended un challenged control of the Narrows. It was not important who possessed the throne of Naples — at least after Murat's overthrow. The corollary of this was a translation into international terms of the political beliefs of British society.
Still in his liberal phase, the Tsar was not content with an alliance to reduce or overthrow Napoleon's Empire. The coalition was to be a crusade, its goal universal peace. Well might the sober Pitt wonder at the scheme which the Russian envoy unfolded. The old Europe, argued Alexander, was gone for ever and a new one had to be created; nothing less than the overthrow of the last vestiges of feudalism and the reform of nations by endow ing them with liberal constitutions could restore stability.
London, 1931 and 1925). Vol. n, p. 554 (Appendix). 2 See Chapters XI and XIV for fuller discussion. / '* A WORLD 32 again rules the destinies secure or independent. I RESTORED of France that Europe can be tranquil, consider that in the question now at issue in France is involved the more vital question whether Europe can return to that moral system by which . . "1 When Castlereagh opposed revolution, it was not, as with Metternich, because it was "unnatural" but because it was unsettling. The opprobrium heaped upon Castlereagh by liberals mistakes his inten tions.
A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 by Henry A. Kissinger