- Series: Sentry edition
- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: Mariner Books (September 20, 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0395172292
- ISBN-13: 978-0395172292
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #886,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822 Paperback – September 20, 1973
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Top Customer Reviews
Kissinger allows us to understand the difficulties inherent to finding a new legitimacy, accepted by all. He also delves into the best ways to solve the disputes that often arise in coalitions that include actors whose interests differ a lot. His comments were specifically about the Quadruple Alliance (Great Britain, Austria, Prusia and Russia) but can be applied to many other cases.
I specially liked how he dissected the personalites of the actors in this play, Napoleon, Metternich,Castlereagh and Talleyrand, and the manner in which he highlights that those personalities influenced the course of history.
This is an important period, because as the title of the book claims, a world was restaured. The Concert of Europe began and a new era of peace started, thanks to the perspicacy of Metternich and after the instability caused by the napoleonic wars. In this book we get to know a little more of Kissinger as an historian but also as a diplomat, as he shows us the intricacies of politics and diplomacy.
Even if this book is sometimes a little slow, I give it my highest recommendation, because it leaves you with much more knowledge, not only about this period but also regarding political realism.
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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... Read morePublished on December 21, 2010 by Dr. Carlo Regazzoni