Vienna, 1814: How the Conquerors of Napoleon Made Love, War, by David King

By David King

“Reads like a singular. A fast moving page-turner, it has every thing: intercourse, wit, humor, and adventures. however it is an impressively researched and critical story.”
—David Fromkin, writer of Europe’s final Summer

Vienna, 1814 is an evocative and brilliantly researched account of the main audacious and lavish peace convention in sleek ecu background. With the dreaded Napoleon Bonaparte most likely defeated and exiled to the small island of Elba, heads of a few 216 states accrued in Vienna to start piecing jointly the ruins of his toppled empire. significant questions loomed: What will be performed with France? How have been the newly liberated territories to be divided? What form of restitution will be provided to households of the deceased? yet this unparalleled accumulating of kings, dignitaries, and diplomatic leaders unfurled a doubtless never-ending circulate of non-public vendettas, long-simmering feuds, and romantic entanglements that threatened to undermine the an important paintings to hand, whilst their hard-fought coverage judgements formed the future of Europe and resulted in the longest sustained peace the continent may ever see.

Beyond the diplomatic wrangling, even if, the Congress of Vienna served as a backdrop for the main surprising vainness reasonable of its time. Highlighted through such celebrated figures because the based yet enormously useless Prince Metternich of Austria, the unflappable and devious Prince Talleyrand of France, and the risky Tsar Alexander of Russia, in addition to appearances by means of Ludwig van Beethoven and Emilia Bigottini, the sheer big name strength of the Vienna congress outshone approximately every thing else within the public eye.

An early incarnation of the cult of big name, the congress devolved right into a sequence of debauched events that regularly not on time the development of peace, until eventually notice arrived that Napoleon had escaped, without notice halting the revelry and shrouding the continent in panic as soon as again.

Vienna, 1814 superbly illuminates the complicated social and political intrigue of this history-defining congress–a glorified celebration that doubtless valued frivolity over substance yet still controlled to greatly reconfigure Europe’s stability of strength and bring in the fashionable age.

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A 2006 editorial in the English edition of the People’s Daily reads:  who’s afraid of china? Just as experts have said, [despite China’s being] a cultural fountainhead with more than 5,000 years of civilization, we only export television sets and don’t export content to be televised. 11 Yet, in spite of Beijing’s slowness in realizing the importance of soft power, its reception within China has been met with considerable enthusiasm. There is hardly a week when news stories or new books do not discuss the topic.

Bai Yansong offers his personal reflections on reactions to China’s rapid development. Bai is well known in China as a popular newsman for China Central Television (CCTV), a state-run network. He notes that Chinese journalists routinely have had to respond to questions about the ‘China threat’ thesis – much like the Sinopec guest on the BBC interview which spawned the idea for this book. Bai writes that ‘many of us would try to relieve foreign suspicions (of a China threat) by answering that ‘the sleeping lion in the East is waking, but it certainly won’t bite because we believe in a peaceful rise’.

It is a game that the government, keen on promoting film as soft power, has no choice but to play since Chinese film is inevitably a global enterprise. The success of many works blurs the boundary between mainland Chinese cinema and a more international-based ‘Chinese language cinema’. 36 For example, Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, a major martial arts hit, was directed by a Taiwanese (Ang Lee) but included a cast of mainland Chinese, Hong Kong and Taiwanese actors and actresses and was co-produced by an array of Chinese, American, Hong Kong and Taiwanese film companies.

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