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Synopsis for JW3 morning lecture - Thurs 21 Jan

A recalibration of Britain's relationship with Europe in the years after Waterloo


Resume of events immediately prior to Waterloo 1815

Congress of Vienna

'Concert of Europe' mechanism for ensuring European peace

Where did Britain stand in all of this?

Lord Castlereagh, Foreign Secretary

Congresses 1811-1822

Castlereagh's suicide 1822

Greece and Belgium present problems

System fails in 1848, The Year of Revolutions across Europe

An old European Order begins to fail

Britain's 'effortless superiority' c. mid century



Some further book references


In Search of Peace Douglas Hurd (I think this book very undervalued)

Rites of Passage Adam Zamoyski

The Congress of Vienna Harold Nicolson

War in European History Michael Howard

The History of Europe Jacob Field


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