Rites of Peace The Fall of Napoleon and the Congress of Vienna

ISBN-10: 006077519X

ISBN-13: 9780060775193

Edition: 2008

Authors: Adam Zamoyski
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Description: Following Napoleon's defeat and exile in 1814, the future of the European continent hung in the balance. Eager to negotiate a lasting, workable peace, representatives of Britain, Austria, Prussia, and Russia-along with a host of lesser nations-gathered in Vienna for an eight-month-long political carnival, combining negotiations with balls, tournaments, picnics, artistic performances, and other sundry forms of entertainment for the thousands of assembled aristocrats. While the Congress of Vienna resulted in an unprecedented level of European stability, the price of peace would be shockingly high, with many crucial questions ultimately decided on the battlefield or in squalid roadside cottages amid the vagaries of war. Internationally bestselling author Adam Zamoyski's Rites of Peace is a meticulously researched, masterfully told account of these extraordinary events and their profound historical consequences, featuring a cast of some of the most influential and powerful figures in history.

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Book details

List price: $19.99
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 6/24/2008
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 672
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.738
Language: English

Adam Zamoyski was born in New York, was educated at Oxford, & lives in London. His other books include biographies of Chopin & Paderewski & a history of Poland.

List of Illustrations
List of Maps
Introduction
The Lion at Bay
The Saviour of Europe
The Peacemakers
A War for Peace
Intimate Congress
Farce in Prague
The Play for Germany
The First Waltzes
A Finger in the Pie
Battlefield Diplomacy
Paris Triumph
Peace
The London Round
Just Settlements
Setting the Stage
Points of Order
Notes and Balls
Kings' Holiday
A Festival of Peace
Guerre de Plume
Political Carrousel
Explosive Diplomacy
Dance of War
War and Peace
The Saxon Deal
Unfinished Business
The Flight of the Eagle
The Hundred Days
The Road to Waterloo
Wellington's Victory
The Punishment of France
Last Rites
Discordant Concert
The Arrest of Europe
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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