The Transformation of European Politics 1763-1848

Hardcover | April 1, 1994

byPaul W. Schroeder

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This is the only modern study of European politics to cover the entire timespan from the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 to the revolutionary year of 1848. Paul Schroeder's comprehensive and authoritative volume charts the course of international history over this turbulent period, inwhich the map of Europe was redrawn time and again. Professor Schroeder examines the wars, political crises, and diplomatic opportunities of the age, many of which - the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Congress of Vienna and its aftermath - had far-reaching consequences for modern Europe.Professor Schroeder provides a new account of the course of international politics over these years and a major reinterpretation of the structure and operation of the international system. He shows how the practice of international politics was transformed in revolutionary ways, with far-reachingand beneficial effects. The Vienna Settlement established peace by abandoning the competitive balance-of-power politics of the eighteenth century, and devising a new political equilibrium. It created a European consensus on a new political balance with new rules to maintain it, ushering in auniquely peaceful, progessive period in European international politics.

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This is the only modern study of European international politics to cover the entire timespan from the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 to the revolutionary year of 1848. Besides offering a comprehensive and authoritative account of this era's many wars, crises, and diplomatic developments, it reveals its unifying theme; the collaps...

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This is the only modern study of European politics to cover the entire timespan from the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 to the revolutionary year of 1848. Paul Schroeder's comprehensive and authoritative volume charts the course of international history over this turbulent period, inwhich the map of Europe was redrawn time and ag...

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This is the only modern study of European international politics to cover the entire timespan from the end of the Seven Year's War in 1763 to the revolutionary year of 1848. Besides offering a comprehensive and authoritative account of this era's many wars, crises, and diplomatic developments, it reveals its unifying theme; the collaps...

Paul Schroeder is author of The Axis Alliance and Japanese-American Relations 1941 (Cornell University Press, 1958), Metternich's Diplomacy at its Zenith 1820-1823 (University of Texas Press, 1962; pbk 1976), and Austria, Great Britain, and the Crimean War: The Destruction of the European Concert (Cornell University Press, 1972). He i...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:916 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 2.09 inPublished:April 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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PART I: The Destruction of Eighteenth-Century Politics1. The European System, 1763-17872. War and Revolution, 1787-17923. The First Coalition, 1792-17974. The Second Coalition, 1798-18025. The Third Coalition, 1802-18056. From Pressburg to Tilsit, 1806-18077. Tilsit Undermined, 1807-18098. Napoleon's Empire and the International System9. Napoleon's War with his Empire, 1810-1812PART II: The Construction of the Nineteenth-Century System10. Beginning and End, 1812-181311. War Ended, Peace Launched, 1813-181412. The Congress of Vienna, 1814-181513. The Congress Era, 1815-182314. Greece and the Russo-Turkish War, 1823-182915. Revolutions, Progress, and Standstill, 1830-183316. Deceptive Calm and Storms, 1833-184117. The Shadow of Revolution, 1841-1848BibliographyIndex

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This is the only modern study of European international politics to cover the entire timespan from the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 to the revolutionary year of 1848. Besides offering a comprehensive and authoritative account of this era's many wars, crises, and diplomatic developments, it reveals its unifying theme; the collapse of the eighteenth-century international system in a generation of great systemic wars from 1787 to 1812, the painful construction of a new international system from 1813 to 1815, and the successful operation of that system, giving Europe its most peaceful, progressive era of international politics ever. In a major reinterpretation of the structure and operation of the international system Professor Schroeder rejects most of the standard explanations for the failure of the earlier coalitions against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, the success of the final one, and the durability of the Vienna Settlement. The secret of durable peace was not, he argues, military victory, the restoration of monarchical authority and a balance of p

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`elegantly written ... What makes this volume so admirable and persuasive is that it is both based on the deepest imaginable reading, including study in archives, and also embodies the results of remorseless thinking about every twist and turn of international affairs, and much else, thoughoutthis complicated period. Schroeder takes no established opinion for granted. He probes incessantly the motives of all concerned. What he has to say about every one of the numerous crises and incidents he discusses is at once learned and profound, penetrating and decisive, always fresh and oftenbrilliantly original. It is certainly a provocative book ... exceptionally accurate, superbly planned and splendidly written ... It is a genuinely great book.'Derek Beales, Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge, EHR Apr.96