A World Restored
Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-22
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The Napoleonic Wars were followed by an almost unprecedented century of political stability. A World Restored shows how Europe reestablished a peaceful order in the wake of Napoleon’s disruption of the European balance of power. Part political biography, part diplomatic history, A World Restoredanalyses the alliances formed and treaties signed by the world's leaders during the years 1812 to 1822, focusing on the two main negotiators: Viscount Castlereagh, the British foreign secretary, and Prince von Metternich, Austria’s foreign minister. Henry Kissinger explains how the turbulent relationship between these two men, the differing concerns of their respective countries, and the changing nature of diplomacy influenced the final shape of the new international order.