The Concert of Europe 2-6-07

The Concert of Europe 2-6-07 - groundwork for the modern...

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The Concert of Europe Following the age of napoleon and the onset of liberal revolutionary ideas in Europe the return to the old powers led to a struggle to retain power. The congress of Vienna did a pretty good job of restoring the old powers while appeasing the new post Napoleonic French state. The way the congress returned the ancient frontiers to France in order to give them a remnant of the Richelieu glory in France even though they were just defeated. The congress of Vienna met even as Napoleon escaped from exile in Elba and was defeated in the Battle of Waterloo. The new balance of power in Europe was to be very different from what had existed in the past. The idea was to maintain that all the powers in Europe would be powerful enough to deter invasion, but too weak to cause any worries to other European powers. The congress system was a taste of things to come and laid the
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Unformatted text preview: groundwork for the modern idea of diplomacy. The congress system only lasted for about 25 years though, and deteriorated with the Greek war of independence and British succession from the congress. The various alliances set up such as the Quadruple alliance and the holy alliance created new reasons for insuring peace. Metternich in the Holy Alliance played off the idea of morality in sustaining peace. The Concert of Europe provided for 50 years of peace before the Crimean war and the Wars of Italian unification. Though Prussia and Austria were battling for dominance in the German states, what prevented one from becoming dominant? Was it an emerging sense of the general good, an idea previously unknown in Europe, or was it merely that neither could pull ahead?...
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This note was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course GOVT 444 taught by Professor Dueck during the Spring '08 term at George Mason.

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