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Metternich: Councillor of Europe (Phoenix Giants) Paperback – 14 Apr 1997

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  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (14 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1857998685
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857998689
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 3.2 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,781,464 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Alan Palmer was educated at Bancroft's School, Woodford Green, and at Oriel College, Oxford. He was head of history at Highgate School, London, for sixteen years. He now concentrates on historical writing and research.


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“Clement von Metternich held continuous office at the head of Europe’s affairs for a longer period of time than any other statesman in modern history: he became foreign minister of the Austrian Empire in the autumn of 1809 and he did not resign until the spring of 1848.” Born Clement Wenceslas Lothar von Metternich-Winneburg-Beilstein in 1773 Metternich is one of those men whose names ring across European history of the early nineteenth century. He does not seem to have been a particularly outstanding person intellecturally or culturally, but shone socially, saw advantages and made the most of them, had great reserves of egocentricism and self-delusion, and benefited greatly from his personal relationship with the future, then Emperor Francis II of Austria.

The first half of Metternich’s political career saw him attempting to promote Austrian interests in the midst, then the aftermath of Napoleon’s imperial ambitions; seeking to balance Austrian power against Russia, Prussia and France and to ensure Austria had every opportunity at great bites of the small German states that got trampled by armies and moved by treaties between the great powers. It’s those smaller states (and places like the Netherland) that you really feel for in the years up to and beyond 1815, as they got transferred hither and thither without any pretence at consideration of the preferences of the people who lived there themselves. It’s easy to see how in these years and beyond, nationalistic fervour and demand for representation and liberal tendencies became more prevalent all across Europe and further to England.
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After reading Talleyrand I wanted to read about Metternich, another political giant of the 19th century. I felt that the conservative baton had, in a sense, been passed from Talleyrand to Metternich. The difference being Metternich was more interested in taking European politics back to pre French revolutionary times than looking to the future.
The book told the story in the manner I appreciate and I would recommend it
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HASH(0x98b01e88) out of 5 stars Very worthwhile reading 11 Mar. 2000
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This is a good biography, nicely chronological. There may be more scholarly biogrphies of Metternich, but I thought this told very well what one wants to know about this pivotal figure of the earlier 19th century.
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