By David King
“Reads like a unique. A fast moving page-turner, it has every little thing: intercourse, wit, humor, and adventures. however it is an impressively researched and demanding story.”
—David Fromkin, writer of Europe’s final Summer
Vienna, 1814 is an evocative and brilliantly researched account of the main audacious and indulgent peace convention in glossy eu background. With the scary Napoleon Bonaparte most likely 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 remarkable collecting of kings, dignitaries, and diplomatic leaders unfurled a likely never-ending movement of non-public vendettas, long-simmering feuds, and romantic entanglements that threatened to undermine the an important paintings handy, whilst their hard-fought coverage judgements formed the future of Europe and ended in the longest sustained peace the continent could ever see.
Beyond the diplomatic wrangling, even though, the Congress of Vienna served as a backdrop for the main striking vainness reasonable of its time. Highlighted through such celebrated figures because the based yet highly 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 means of Ludwig van Beethoven and Emilia Bigottini, the sheer superstar energy of the Vienna congress outshone approximately every little thing else within the public eye.
An early incarnation of the cult of star, the congress devolved right into a sequence of debauched events that consistently behind schedule the development of peace, till observe arrived that Napoleon had escaped, all at once halting the revelry and shrouding the continent in panic as soon as again.
Vienna, 1814 superbly illuminates the complicated social and political intrigue of this history-defining congress–a glorified get together that likely valued frivolity over substance yet still controlled to greatly reconfigure Europe’s stability of energy and bring in the trendy age.
From the Hardcover edition.