By Alan J. P. Taylor

The procedure of foreign repression ended with the autumn of Metternich in 1848. The conflicting beliefs of overseas revolution and collective defense got here into being with Lenin and Wilson in 1918. Nationalism, tempered through the stability of strength, ruled Europe within the intervening seventy years. Drawing on a wealth of diplomatic records, A. J. P. Taylor examines the family members of the nice Powers, whilst Europe used to be nonetheless the centre of the realm. Written in normally energetic prose, it is a demanding and unique diplomatic heritage, that still considers the political and financial forces which made continental warfare inevitable.

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