By Alan Palmer

ISBN-10: 0060132612

ISBN-13: 9780060132613

ISBN-10: 0571260330

ISBN-13: 9780571260331

A glib evaluation of Metternich is probably not a beneficial one, he was once no longer with no his ridiculous traits, and but he survived, greater than survived, actually, with the 'Age of Metternich' lasting for greater than a new release, and giving Europe a degree of peace, albeit repressive, that was once a lot wanted after the Napoleonic convulsions.

Alan Palmer describes good Metternich's striking toughness. 'Clement von Metternich held non-stop workplace on the head of Europe's affairs for an extended time period than the other statesman in smooth heritage: he grew to become international minister of the Austrian Empire within the autumn of 1809 and he didn't renounce until eventually the spring of 1848. For thirty-three of those thirty-nine years his statecraft and philosophy of presidency made up our minds the political development of the continent.

The 'Age of Metternich' , notwithstanding usually impatiently disregarded by means of historians as an insignificant interlude, lasted for two times so long as the 'Age of Napoleon' which preceded it and for part as lengthy back because the 'Age of Bismarck' which within the ultimate a long time of the century.'

Metternich was once a statesman to his fingertips, training 'the talents of international relations with better fluency than any modern Talleyrand, from whom he had learnt a few of the refinement of the game.'

How might he fare this present day? most likely relatively good as he used to be, back in Alan Palmer's phrases, 'an early champion of federalism and a superb eu ...'

'As a piece of background (it) can't be faulted.' A. J. P. Taylor, Observer

'Well-written, well-researched, lucid and witty.' Philip Ziegler, The Times

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