A World Restored [Henry A.; Henry A. Kissinger Kissinger] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Political Studies, History. 7 Apr Read a free sample or buy A World Restored by Henry Kissinger. You can read this book with Apple Books on your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. 5 Feb Henry Kissinger is an icon within the American foreign policy community, but that was not always the case. A World Restored Metternich.

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Retrieved from ” https: It does not offer a comprehensive history of the Napoleonic era, the Congress of Vienna, or the subsequent peace in Europe, instead focusing on the important restorde Kissinger made by studying this period of history.

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One is flexible, the other cautiously static, and these are fundamentally opposed orientations. This essay distils the major arguments of A World Restored through the eyes of several scholars kkissinger sought to identify both its meaning and relevance.

A revolutionary power, according to the young scholar, was one that could never be reassured of its security and that consequently sought to guarantee absolute security at the expense of others in the system Kissinger2. Castlereagh was primarily concerned with maintaining balanced powers, while Metternich based his diplomacy on the idea of legitimacy—that is, establishing and working with governments that citizens accept without force. It is due to understanding and bridging divides that a statesman becomes great.

A World Restored is available for download from Apple Books. However, it is worth the effort if you either want to learn more about Kissinger’s understanding of global politics, or if you are particularly in need of an authentically s realist analysis of the dynamics of the international system. However, if a revolutionary state is growling at those supporting the present order, diplomacy cannot function with a wolf at the door.

Return to Book Page. The main character is Klemens von Metternichthen the Austrian Chancellor. Not surprising that a diplomat might somewhat overstate the importance of diplomacy, but interesting to read nonetheless. Previously I was pro-revolution, and then pro-empire, and then pro-revolution again come the s.


Selman Hyder rated it it was amazing Mar 11, Kissinger admires Metternich’s understated finesse, and although lightly critical of Kissinger, in his unmistakable style, gives us a seminar on Castlereagh and Metternich, with the emphasis on Metternich.

Feb 28, Mansoor Azam rated it really liked it. Feb 25, Sunil rated it really liked it. At the same time, nationalism was rising over much of the world.

A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace, 1812-1822

It’s a superlative work on diplomacy. If students of strategy and diplomacy read one book on Henry Kissinger, this should be it. This book I need to reread, since my own opinions around international politics has evolved over time.

I never actually finished the book. Finally, it considers the ongoing relevance of these themes to the theory and practice of international kiswinger. To ask other readers questions about A World Restoredplease sign up. Indeed this vision of diplomacy is reinforced throughout the book. Robert Kaplan has built a reputation for popularizing sometimes bulky academic arguments. While many kissinfer right to criticize Kissinger the politician, his reflections as an intellectual are unmatched.

The Art of War Sun Tzu. To be sure, these men faced the limitations imposed on them by their respective states, but they rose to the occasion and forged a system with lasting implications for European politics Kissinger5. Kissinger admires Metternich’s understated finesse, and although lightly critical of the eventual results he shows how Metternich constructed a system that stood the test of time, balancing divergent national interests to produce a European equilibrium that lasted for decades.

Sep 23, Lea rated it really liked it Shelves: Metternich, Castlereagh and the Problems of Peace is a book by Henry Kissinger that was published in He depicts how Czar Alexander became to an extent Metternich’s dupe. I got good perspective though on what exactly the conservatives may have been thinking though, in their defense of monarchy and often squelching of liberalization.

One need not admire Kissinger though one can to understand why his experiences with WWII and the Shoah convinced him an amoral peace was preferable to large-scale conflict.


This is not a conducive setting for diplomacy. What is truly remarkable about this book is that the main reflections in this book transcend this historical moment and are repeated in Diplomacy and World Order. More by Henry Kissinger. Finally, there is a kissingre that readers today should take from reading Restored. Instead of labelling the new International Order which followed the Napoleonic Wars as something which stifled liberty, Kissinger shows how Castlereagh’s Congress system gave Europe the stability it needed to achieve actual social progress.

I realized later that that’s why I never had a good appreciation for the work. Their [the diplomats in Vienna] goal was stability, not perfection, and the balance of power is the classic expression of the lesson of history that no order is safe without physical safeguards against aggression… there was created a balance of forces which, because it conferred a relative security, came to be generally accepted, and whose relationships grew increasingly spontaneous as its legitimacy came to be taken for granted Kissinger— Nothing was given in world politics; rather, it was the product of an intractably intertwined historical experience.

Metternich expected to lead an alliance against France, pressing only enough to depose Napoleon, who had shown a complete unwillingness to accept a moderate peace, but preserving a strong France under a restored Bourbon monarchy, as a counterweight to the power of Russia. February Learn how and when to remove this template message. This was a dangerous cycle, but it could be broken with a return to the conservative realism practiced by Metternich and Castlereagh according to the themes of Restored.

Another Napoleon could emerge at any time, and a strong European concert of conservative monarchs, based on principle, was necessary to prevent dangers before they arose.