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by Henry Kissinger

Reveals how the Austrian minister and British Foreign Secretary helped bring about peace, political stability, and legitimate authoritarian order in post-Napoleonic Europe
Download A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 epub
ISBN: 0395172292
ISBN13: 978-0395172292
Category: History
Subcategory: World
Author: Henry Kissinger
Language: English
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (September 1, 1973)
Pages: 354 pages
ePUB size: 1931 kb
FB2 size: 1668 kb
Rating: 4.3
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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.
Dr. Kissinger wrote an informative book on the Napoleonic Wars and their resolution at the Congress of Vienna and subsequent conferences. The balance of power after 1814 and 1815 was achieved with great diplomatic skill and the wisdom not to punish France too heavily. The machinations of Austria through her cunning foreign minister are particularly well-analyzed. Some of the writing is a bit too abstract or else I am not smart enough to understand it after one or two readings. The book ends before we see the mistakes Austria made in 1914, but those mistakes are obvious now. I did not realize how Czar Alexander's views changed so much or vacillated, and how enthralled he was by Metternich. This book makes more sense when we consider the chaos of the French Revolution and the Napoleonic Wars. This book ought to be and likely is required reading for diplomats. This is good history, and like all history allows us to see the mistakes and triumphs of others clearly.
The knowledge, thought and hypotheses are remarkable. For any interested in the post Napoloeonic period and the Congress of Vienna, a thesis not to be missed. Outstanding.
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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.
My son-n-law is a great respecter of Henry Kissinger and a history buff. He was very pleased to receive this book.
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amazing the amount of research that has gone into this book.
I am still at the beginning of the lecture but am fascinated by the sharpness shown by Dr. Kissinger in analysing an important turning point of history where two fascinating personnalities appear on the stage: Metternich and Castlereagh.