⏱️ May 12, 2020
At the same time as the First Industrial Revolution was Napoleon’s conquering of Europe. He took over countries like Spain, most of Italy, Austria, the Netherlands, Belgium, Poland, and Egypt, but his grip couldn’t hold due to the sheer size of his continental empire. His eventual defeat at Waterloo signified the end of his radical ideology and Napoleonic Codes… or did it?
With the impending defeat and exile of Napoleon, Europe had one more problem to add on to all their inhumane industrial problems. As much as Napoleon was a dictatorial conqueror, his ideas were not half bad to the people of the states he conquered it seemed. 🗣️
Determined not to let this happen again, the Congress of Vienna was held to deal with the political mess Napoleon left in Europe and other pressing issues like what to do with Poland.
The Congress of Vienna, led by Metternich, sought to restore the old political order of Europe. It was comprised of the Great Powers of Europe, which would lead to an almost 100-year peace in Europe, and resulted in three significant policies.
Principle of Legitimacy - removed by Napoleon? Monarchs are back in power 👑
Restoration of the Balance of Power - Make sure all nations are equal in power 💪💪
Strengthen Countries around France - Make sure France doesn’t go crazy again 🇫🇷
Regarding the touchy issue of Poland, much of the nation was annexed to Russia. However, Prussia also got a small portion. Poland’s annexation by Russia and Prussia would just be a sign of what’s to come in the future.
The Concert of Europe was an agreement by various Great Powers, who had formed a Quadruple Alliance (Austria, Britain, Russia, Prussia), to put down any future revolutions through military force. Called the Principle of Intervention, this was an attempt to preserve the balance of power and principle of legitimacy. Most of the Great Powers agreed to it due to fear that Napoleon’s ideas would spread, but England opposed it.
Peace in Europe / Control German & Italian states
Peace in Europe / Control Poland
Don’t divide France into pieces
Strengthen German & Italian states / Stop Russia
Wants Poland but willing to compromise
The greatest champions of conservatism were Klemens von Metternich, Edmund Burke, and Joseph de Maistre during this time. They all believed in the old ways of doing things.
Metternich was an Austria prince who was sent as Austria’s representative in the Congress of Vienna. He sought to reestablish the old societal order and put all the monarchs Napoleon had overthrown back in power. Everything he did reaffirmed the power of monarchies and sought to prevent any more uprisings.
Burke was an Irish politician who is known as the father of modern conservatism. He believed that change should be slow, not quick and immediate like in the French Revolution. Burke disapproved of the French Revolution, believing that it would be tyrannical and chaotic due to how fast change occurred.
Maistre was a French philosopher and lawyer who advocated for a monarchy and hierarchy immediately after the French Revolution. He saw the actions of his fellow countrymen as invalid due to their undermining of the monarchy.
🚀 Thematic Guides
Theme 1: INTERACTION OF EUROPE AND THE WORLD (INT)
Theme 4 (SOP) - States and Other Institutions of Power
Theme 6 (NEI) - National and European Identity
🎨 Unit 1: Renaissance and Exploration
1.6Age of Exploration
⛪️ Unit 2: Age of Reformation
2.4Wars of Religion
2.616th-Century Society & Politics in Europe
👑 Unit 3: Absolutism and Constitutionalism
3.1Context of State Building from 1648-1815
3.2The English Civil War and the Glorious Revolution
3.3Continuities and Changes to Economic Practice and Development from 1648-1815
3.6Balance of Power in Europe from 1648-1815
🤔 Unit 4: Scientific, Philosophical, and Political Developments
4.0Unit 4 Overview: Scientific, Philosophical, and Political Developments
4.1Context of the Scientific Revolution and the Enlightenment
4.518th Century Culture and Art in Europe
🥖 Unit 5: Conflict, Crisis, and Reaction in the Late 18th Century
5.0Unit 5 Overview: Conflict, Crisis, and Reaction in the Late 18th-Century
5.2The Rise of Global Markets in the 18th-Century
5.4The French Revolution
5.6Napoleon's Rise, Dominance, and Defeat
🚂 Unit 6: Industrialization and Its Effects
6.0Unit 6 Overview: Industrialization and Its Effects
6.2The First Industrial Revolution
6.3The Second Industrial Revolution
6.4Social Effects of Industrialization
6.5The Concert of Europe and European Conservatism
6.6Revolutions from 1815-1914
6.7Intellectual Developments from 1815-1914
6.819th Century Social Reform Movements
6.9Institutional Reforms of the 19th Century
✊ Unit 7: 19th-Century Perspectives and Political Developments
7.0Unit 7 Overview: 19th-Century Perspectives and Political Developments
7.3National Unification and Diplomatic Tensions
7.7Effects of Imperialism
💣 Unit 8: 20th-Century Global Conflicts
8.4Versailles Conference and Peace Settlement
8.6Fascism and Totalitarianism
🥶 Unit 9: Cold War and Contemporary Europe
9.4Two Super Powers Emerge
9.7The Fall of Communism
9.1420th- and 21st-Century Culture, Arts, and Demographic Trends
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
📋 Short Answer Questions (SAQ)
📝 Long Essay Questions (LEQ)
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