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Author:
Adam Zamoyski
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978-0007197576
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0007197578
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HarperCollins Publishers; 1st Edition edition (2007)
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Adam Zamoyski's & of Peace' is a thorough examination of the fall of Napoleon's empire and the subsequent reconstruction of Europe by the victorious allied powers of Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia. The Congress of Vienna, as this delegation was dubbed, was a watershed moment in European history, says Zamoyski, and one that has been largely neglected by historians ever since. Replete with extravagant soirées, hunting trips, duels, and scandalous sexual liaisons, this eight-month long negotiation served as a meeting ground for a virtual who's who of European.

Adam Zamoyski's & of Peace' is a thorough examination of the fall of Napoleon's empire and the subsequent .

The results, fixed at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, not only laid the foundations of the European world we know .

In September 1814, Austria, Russia, Prussia, England, and many lesser political entities.

While the Congress of Vienna resulted in an unprecedented level of European stability, the price of peace would be. .

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Rites of Peace - Adam Zamoyski. The reconstruction of Europe at the Congress of Vienna is probably the most seminal episode in modern history. Not only did the congress redraw the map entirely. It determined which nations were to have a political existence over the next hundred years and which were not. It imposed an ideology on the whole Continent, derived from the interests of four great powers.

Rites of Peace: The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna. 656pp, Harper Press, £25. Not since Margaret MacMillan's instant classic on the Treaty of Versailles has there been a book on diplomacy of such richness and readability. It was in October 1813 that Napoleon was decisively beaten by Prussian, Russian and Austrian armies while Whitehall pondered sending Wellington to America to lead the British in the war with the United States. At Leipzig more than half a million men fought over three days in the biggest battle in Europe before 1914. Napoleon was trounced.

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  • Adam Zamoyski's `Rites of Peace' is a thorough examination of the fall of Napoleon's empire and the subsequent reconstruction of Europe by the victorious allied powers of Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia. The Congress of Vienna, as this delegation was dubbed, was a watershed moment in European history, says Zamoyski, and one that has been largely neglected by historians ever since. Replete with extravagant soirées, hunting trips, duels, and scandalous sexual liaisons, this eight-month long negotiation served as a meeting ground for a virtual who's who of European nobility. Most prominent and influential were Talleyrand, Metternich, Tsar Alexander, Frederick William III, Castlereagh, Wellington, Humboldt, and an array of monarchs, princes, and aristocrats that are too numerous to name. Ostensibly, the goal was to bring stability and justice to the entire continent, and to a certain degree this was successful. But inevitably, all parties had their own agenda and thus Zamoyski's story is one full of intrigue and political maneuvering. The results were mixed, but the effects of the Congress of Vienna would impact the whole of Europe for some time to come.

    First, I have to give credit where credit is due. Zamoyski's bibliography is huge and he clearly has done a massive amount of research for this book. This is definitely one of the most thorough and detailed histories that I have read. The negative side of this is that it is a bit too detailed, in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I enjoyed reading about all the debauchery and scandalous escapades, but Zamoyski tends to wander off into inane details that only serve to temporarily bore the reader. With that said, Zamoyski nicely utilizes many original sources, such as personal letters from Metternich to his many lovers, which successfully convey how the principal actors viewed their mission, as well as their fellow delegates. I definitely finished the book with a good feeling for the personalities and intentions of all those involved. Overall, except for a bit too much fluff, I would say this is definitely a groundbreaking and worthwhile read that shouldn't be missed. Four stars.

  • The Congress of Vienna defined the political order which ruled Europe largely up until the First World War. This book is a very detailed account of this formative event.

    I found it an enjoyable read, and learned a lot about how key figures such as Talleyrand and Metternich operated. I learned how Talleyrand was able to arrive an outsider, yet become one of the principal figures in determining the course of the Congress. The author does a good job of letting the reader become acquainted with Metternich, Talleyrand, Tzar Alexander, Castlereagh and Wellington.

    The casual reader might be intimidated by the length, but I would definitely recommend this book for anyone who wants to know more about this critical sequence of events.

  • One of the most neglected and least understood periods of the early 19th Century was the peace settlement that ending the Napoleonic wars, the Congress of Vienna. Over the years there have been few books in English on the Congress of Vienna; the most notable was The Congress of Vienna a Study in Allied Unity 1812-1822, by Harold Nicolson, a solid but rather dry work on the subject. Rites of Peace by Adam Zamoyski, is a fast pace, well written book on this fascinating topic.
    So much of what we thought we knew about the congress seems to be incorrect, Alexander l takes on the same characteristic of megalomania that Napoleon suffered from between 1811-1814. Metternich, is portrayed as being far more interested in his love life then fate of Europe and so forth. A great book on a difficult and confusing topic.

  • Zamoyski does an excellent job of weaving original sources into an overall narrative of the principal proceedings in Europe during the 1813-1815 period around the conclusion of the Napoleonic Wars. He captures not only the words of the principal actors, but also their behaviors and likely feelings during these tense negotiations. The book fails to garner 5 stars simply by virtue of the fact that the author simply cannot resist capturing too much of some of the parenthetical disputes that arose during the conference. But overall, the author did a good job of sticking to the matter at hand despite the obvious pull he must have felt to venture into a wider range of topics. Highly recommended for anyone who wants to have a basic understanding of this poignant moment in European history.

  • A very fine study. If you think that you understand the Napoleonic period, then after reading this book you will be surprised at how much you did not know. Very readable. Very enjoyable but most of all very enlightening.

  • Gives the atmosphere of the event and clarifies what each nation really wanted rom a defeated France. Lots of detail and anecdotes.

  • Adam Zamoyski breathes life into what could have been a dry and unexciting subject. He skillfully inserts eye witness accounts and experiences of participants into the narrative in such a way that its like being there. He brings history and its participants to life. There was never a dull moment reading this book.

  • Excellent scholarship.