Klemens von Metternich

Metternich, by Thomas Lawrence

Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859) started his career as a diplomat for the Austrian Empire in Berlin and Paris and proved that he was a skilled negotiator and clever statesman.

By 1815 he was Austria’s representative at the Vienna Congress that decided the fate of Europe after Napoleon’s defeat.  He was appointed as State Chancellor to the Austrian Empire in 1821 and had great influence over Austrian foreign policy – helping her to maintain the balance of power in Europe until his resignation during the revolts of 1848.

Metternich was one of the most powerful and influential politicians of the period covered by this book.  Many historians credit him with deciding the overall direction and design of the 1815 peace settlement following the defeat of Napoleonic France.

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