Vienna, 1814

Vienna, 1814

How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna

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With the feared Napoleon Bonaparte presumably defeated and exiled to the small island of Elba, heads of some 216 states gathered in Vienna to begin piecing together the ruins of his toppled empire. Major questions loomed: What would be done with France? How were the newly liberated territories to be divided? What type of restitution would be offered to families of the deceased? But this unprecedented gathering of kings, dignitaries, and diplomatic leaders unfurled a seemingly endless stream of personal vendettas, long-simmering feuds, and romantic entanglements that threatened to undermine the crucial work at hand, even as their hard-fought policy decisions shaped the destiny of Europe and led to the longest sustained peace the continent would ever see.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307337160
0307337162
Characteristics: viii, 434 p., [16] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm
Alternative Title: When the world came to town

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Jul 16, 2019

A likeable book. I think if you come into this book knowing it will revolve around the leaders/political elite and their gossip before, during and a little after the Vienna Congress, you'll be enthralled. It was interesting to see how leaders and diplomats would be affected professionally by personal crisis, which makes one thinks on reflections of our politics today.

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