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The Final Act

Dallas, Gregor

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ISBN 10: 0805031847 / ISBN 13: 9780805031843
Published by Henry Holt, New York, 1987
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Final Act

Publisher: Henry Holt, New York

Publication Date: 1987

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Europe, 1814-1815. The continent grapples with an uneasy peace. The fires of revolution have been banked, the ardor of Napoleonic expansion dimmed. No diplomatic event in history has such a stellar cast: Tsar Alexander, Talleyrand, Wellington, Castlereagh, and Metternich, along with a supporting cast of rogues, mistresses, clairvoyants and spies, they turned Vienna into a theater of intrigue that shaped the face of Europe for the century to come. And in the shadows--Napoleon, who would rise again to challenge them at Waterloo. 50 photos. 3 maps.

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A fascinating account of the Congress of Vienna, The Final Act describes the international intrigues surrounding the diplomatic confab of 1814-15. Gregor Dallas has wonderful groups of characters to work with, including Tsar Alexander, Talleyrand- Périgord, Castlereagh, Wellington, and Metternich. Even Beethoven makes an appearance, debuting his Seventh Symphony in Vienna that winter. The author successfully exploits this lively cast, and his penchant for reporting personal gossip helps make this popular history quite interesting. The figure of Napoleon looms constantly in the background as an exile at Elba, and Dallas spends the final sections of his book describing the general's escape and downfall at Waterloo. The Congress of Vienna as chronicled in history textbooks has always seemed like a dull interlude unfortunately thrust into the middle of the thrilling Napoleonic epic. Thanks to Dallas, it will never seem boring again.

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