Vienna 1814

Vienna 1814

How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, and Peace at the Congress of Vienna

Audiobook CD - 2008
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The Napoleonic Wars had torn Europe apart, and the peace conference of 1814 was to be held in the continent's grandest city: Vienna. Everyone had an agenda in the postwar world, and spy networks, bitter hatreds, illicit affairs, and tangled alliances ensued.

Despite the gravity of the situation, the Hapsburg Emperor of Austria, in opening his splendid rococo palace to the European royals and providing elaborate banquets and lavish entertainments, set the stage for the most extravagant pageantry since the fall of the Roman Empire. Guests were swept up in the dazzling whirlwind of social events--masquerades, hunts, and elaborate dinners--even as maps were being redrawn, rulers reinstated or ousted, and fortunes transferred. Ultimately, the Congress of Vienna ushered in the longest period of peace Europe has ever known. Vienna 1814 is a rich, impeccably researched history of the intrigue and frivolity that would forever mark the Congress of Vienna as the greatest Vanity Fair of all time.
Publisher: [Old Saybrook, CT] : Tantor Audio : 2008
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781400106264
Branch Call Number: CDBK940.2714 K581v
Characteristics: 11 compact discs : 14 hours

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Jun 11, 2012

An excellent account of the European political word during the Vienna Conference of 1814-15 detailing the response of the European powers to the Napoleonic Wars, their aftermath, the return of Napoleon from exile on Elba, and the Battle of Waterloo and its immediate political aftermath.

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