By 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 critical 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 sleek ecu heritage. With the dreaded Napoleon Bonaparte most likely defeated and exiled to the small island of Elba, heads of a few 216 states accrued 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 kind of restitution will be provided to households of the deceased? yet this unparalleled amassing of kings, dignitaries, and diplomatic leaders unfurled a probably unending flow of private vendettas, long-simmering feuds, and romantic entanglements that threatened to undermine the an important paintings to hand, whilst their hard-fought coverage judgements formed the future of Europe and resulted in the longest sustained peace the continent could ever see.
Beyond the diplomatic wrangling, despite the fact that, the Congress of Vienna served as a backdrop for the main striking self-importance reasonable of its time. Highlighted by way of such celebrated figures because the stylish yet enormously useless Prince Metternich of Austria, the unflappable and devious Prince Talleyrand of France, and the risky Tsar Alexander of Russia, in addition to appearances by way of Ludwig van Beethoven and Emilia Bigottini, the sheer megastar strength of the Vienna congress outshone approximately every thing else within the public eye.
An early incarnation of the cult of big name, the congress devolved right into a sequence of debauched events that regularly not on time the development of peace, till note arrived that Napoleon had escaped, suddenly halting the revelry and shrouding the continent in panic as soon as again.
Vienna, 1814 superbly illuminates the elaborate social and political intrigue of this history-defining congress–a glorified celebration that possible valued frivolity over substance yet still controlled to enormously reconfigure Europe’s stability of energy and bring in the fashionable age.
From the Hardcover edition.