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Metternich by Wolfram Siemann, Daniel Steuer

Metternich: Strategist and Visionary

Wolfram Siemann, Daniel Steuer

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Imprint: Harvard University Press
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Publication date: 29 Nov 2019
ISBN: 9780674743922

Wolfram Siemann tells a new story of Clemens von Metternich, the Austrian at the center of nineteenth-century European diplomacy. Known as a conservative and an uncompromising practitioner of realpolitik, in fact Metternich accommodated new ideas of liberalism and nationalism insofar as they served the goal of peace. And he promoted reform at home.

4 stars out of 5
Adam Zamoyski
14 Dec 2019

"This impressive biography is welcome."

This impressive biography is welcome. It covers every aspect of Metternich’s life with a wealth of detail, and dishes up some delightful gems. A hand-drawn sketch recording where every Italian subversive had gone to ground, from Buenos Aires to Brussels, brings to life his obsession with the threat they posed. A bizarre diagram showing the relative ages of sexual activity of the two sexes provides a valuable insight into the way his mind worked — it puts 49 as the age of mort sexuelle in women.