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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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  • 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)

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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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Anyone interested in the Congress of Vienna or the history of modern Europe in general could do no better than read this book by Henry Kissinger, one of the most well-informed and influential statesmen of the post-war era. Written in 1957 before the author made his own name as a diplomat extraordinaire, this latest edition sports a cover design featuring the painting of The Congress of Vienna 1815 by Jean-Baptiste Isabey, the statesmen using chairs which have now found a home at the National Trust property Mount Stewart in County Down, Northern Ireland, where Castlereagh once lived.
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.
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Written with authority by a man who in turn became advisor to U S Presidents and then National Security Advisor and subsequently Secretary of State to Nixon. Based upon a clear view about statecraft and relations between states writing this book was clearly a staging post in the development of his views about diplomacy and statecraft as a combination of ideas and practice. Well worth reading as history but even more interesting as a marker to the development of the ideas of a remarkably influential thinker and practitioner.
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beautifully written a must to understanding the period
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is a classic, of course. Elegantly written ... 13 July 2015
By Graeme P. Auton - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a classic, of course. Elegantly written, insightful, philosophically sophisticated, with a lot of insight for those who want to understand international relations. Castlereagh simply wanted to maintain a balance of power in Europe following the Napoleonic Wars in order to facilitate Britain's security. Metternich, representing an Austria that was in the center of Europe and could not simply seek a discrete balance, wanted a conservative social contract at a time when the forces of nationalism were ultimately destined to sunder the Austro-Hungarian Empire. They wanted the same thing for different reasons. Castlereagh, dealing with resistance from his own Parliament, wanted a realpolitical solution. Metternich, the ultimate practitioner of "Machtpolitik," understood nonetheless the importance of ideas and ideology. I bought and read the paperback edition of A World Restored more than thirty years ago. I bought the hardback so that I could read it again without having to physically hold the book together. A necessary read for those truly interested in international relations.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only for the brightest 24 Oct. 2014
By jdmcox - Published on Amazon.com
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Henry Kissinger's "A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace 1812-22" is not for just anyone interested in that period of history. I read about a fourth of Kissinger's "White House Years" ("W H Y"), and loved his writing and clear thinking in that book (the book was destroyed in a fire). But it was apparently written long after "A World Restored" was written, because the excellent writing in "W H Y" didn't exist in his earlier book. In "W H Y", I could just follow his thoughts and not have to re-order or evaluate them to fully understand (and appreciate them). BUT, in "A World Restored", I had to constantly mull over sentences to get what he was trying to say. So this book is for very intelligent readers who already have a good grasp of the historical situation. Kissinger delves deeply here, but with inadequate writing skills, in my opinion. I'm reminded of what I decided was the difference between me and the truly brilliant students at Stanford. They could intuit what the professor was trying to say, but I could only get what he was actually saying.
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 21 Feb. 2015
By Benjamin W. Barr - Published on Amazon.com
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amazing the amount of research that has gone into this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great thinker, a great writer 27 Aug. 2014
By Laurence Goldstein - Published on Amazon.com
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A masterpiece. A great thinker, a great writer, a great story. Withsome stuff by SE Morison, this is the best history I read this year.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! 11 Feb. 2010
By Gustavo Valdivieso - Published on Amazon.com
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The book was in excellent shape. One of the best cost/benefit relations in my life!
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