Vienna, 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna

Vienna, 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna

David King


“Reads like a unique. A fast moving page-turner, it has every thing: intercourse, wit, humor, and adventures. however it is an impressively researched and significant story.”
—David Fromkin, writer of Europe’s final Summer

Vienna, 1814 is an evocative and brilliantly researched account of the main audacious and lavish peace convention in glossy ecu historical past. With the dreaded Napoleon Bonaparte possibly defeated and exiled to the small island of Elba, heads of a few 216 states accumulated in Vienna to start piecing jointly the ruins of his toppled empire. significant questions loomed: What will be performed with France? How have been the newly liberated territories to be divided? What form of restitution will be provided to households of the deceased? yet this exceptional amassing of kings, dignitaries, and diplomatic leaders unfurled a doubtless unending movement of private vendettas, long-simmering feuds, and romantic entanglements that threatened to undermine the the most important paintings to hand, whilst their hard-fought coverage judgements formed the future of Europe and ended in the longest sustained peace the continent may ever see.

Beyond the diplomatic wrangling, despite the fact that, the Congress of Vienna served as a backdrop for the main astonishing self-importance reasonable of its time. Highlighted via such celebrated figures because the dependent yet quite useless Prince Metternich of Austria, the unflappable and devious Prince Talleyrand of France, and the unstable Tsar Alexander of Russia, in addition to appearances by way of Ludwig van Beethoven and Emilia Bigottini, the sheer celebrity energy of the Vienna congress outshone approximately every little thing else within the public eye.

An early incarnation of the cult of famous person, the congress devolved right into a sequence of debauched events that regularly behind schedule the growth of peace, till observe arrived that Napoleon had escaped, without warning halting the revelry and shrouding the continent in panic as soon as again.

Vienna, 1814 fantastically illuminates the tricky social and political intrigue of this history-defining congress–a glorified social gathering that probably valued frivolity over substance yet still controlled to vastly reconfigure Europe’s stability of energy and bring in the fashionable age.

From the Hardcover edition.

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