- Paperback: 356 pages
- Publisher: Orion; New edition edition (19 Oct. 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1842120875
- ISBN-13: 978-1842120873
- Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2.9 x 23.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 861,590 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and The Problems of Pea: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-22 Paperback – 19 Oct 2000
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About the Author
Henry Kissinger, former National Security Adviser, Secretary of State and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize, lives in New York City.
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Whilst the book is mainly a study of the art of diplomacy, Kissinger reviews the personalities of Metternich and Castlereagh as well as their policies. He takes into account their distrust of each other and the fascinating way in which their disparate attitudes to the preservation of peace in Europe forced them to manoeuvre, to co-operate and to cajole. He explains how, inevitably, diplomacy at its most basic is merely the adjustment of differences through negotiation and that peace is a state only attained and maintained by a very finely balanced legitimacy of workable, acceptable arrangements between nations, each of whom are at the same time aiming to keep their own interests in play.
Familiar names appear throughout the pages. Alexander, Talleyrand, Nesselrode, Clancarty, Cathcart, Stackelberg, all appear in context so that we are able to flesh out these characters whose bottoms once graced the Congress chairs! Charles, third Marquess of Londonderry, plays his part, Napoleon's one hundred days are essayed and the Battle of Waterloo discussed. We are forced to consider the proposition that, in the end, what we call peace is only the avoidance of war.Read more ›