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men, while assuring the latter that the Austrian forces would not
be employed on the offensive. All the time he was actually keeping
the whole Austrian army on a war footing and maintaining an armed
neutrality, ready to throw his weight upon whichever side might
finally be in a position to bestow the greater benefits upon
Austria. Such was the success of his well-laid plans that the
intervention of Austria was the decisive factor in the Battle of
the Nations (October, 1813) and in the campaign of 1814: Napoleon's
power collapsed and Austria became the dominant Power among the
victorious allies. Metternich was hailed as the most astute
statesman of his age ? he hobnobbed with the Russian and Prussian
monarchs, he was fted by Talleyrand and Louis XVIII, he was given a
fulsome welcome on a visit to England, he was named a magnate of
the kingdom of Hungary and a count and hereditary prince of the
Austrian Empire. THE CONGRESS OF VIENNA AND THE RECONSTRUCTION OF
EUROPE The most important problem which confronted European
diplomacy, after the restoration of the French Bourbons, was that
of general territorial readjustments. Napoleon had badly mutilated
the ancient map of Europe, How far could, or should, his victors
mend it? To Problems what extent were they justified in rewarding
them- selves territorially for their efforts and sacrifices? What
punishment should they mete out to his late allies? It was a
recognition of the decisive part played by Austria and of the
commanding personality of Metternich that Vienna was chosen as the
scene of the great international congress convened (September,
1814) for the purpose of answering these questions and of
reestablishing the balance of power in Europe. Never had Europe
beheld such a galaxy of gold lace and titled dignitaries of t...
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