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AuthorFletcher, Willard Allen. author
TitleThe Mission of Vincent Benedetti to Berlin 1864-1870 [electronic resource] / by Willard Allen Fletcher
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1965
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-7547-8
Descript XIV, 303 p. online resource

SUMMARY

The historical significance of the period 1864-1870, epitomized by the establishment of Prussian hegemony in Gennany, has been perยญ petuated in numerous studies. The diplomatic history of these decisive years has proven especially fascinating, for the fundamental changes in Gennany's political frame had a momentous influence upon the course of European history. The war of 1866 destroyed the last vestiges of Austrian supremacy in Gennany and inaugurated a reorganization under Prussian domination. The international repercussions of this transfonnation in the heart of Europe are fully reflected in the diploยญ macy of the period, in view of the disruptive effect upon the existing power equilibrium. The manner in which Napoleon III and his governยญ ment reacted to the events was of crucial portent for the future of his empire. An inquiry into Ambassador Benedetti's mission to Berlin contributes materially to an understanding of imperial diplomacy, primarily as related to Prussia, in this critical period. The present study was suggested by Dr. Lynn M. Case and began to take shape in his seminars on European diplomatic history. Beneยญ detti's constant association with French diplomacy between 1864 and 1870 seemed to warrant a detailed and critical examination of his mission. Despite the advent of the telegraph diplomatic representaยญ tives continued to fonn an important part of the diplomatic appaยญ ratus and Benedetti was no exception. Past studies based exclusively on his career are very few. Frensdorff's Preussische Jahrbucher article appeared shortly after the outbreak of the war in 1870


CONTENT

I The Man and his Mission -- II From Vienna to Gastein -- III Prelude to Sadowa -- IV Mediation at Nikolsburg -- V The French Compensation Proposals -- VI The Luxemburg Compensation Project -- VII A Search for a Modus Vivendi -- VIII The Hohenzollern Candidacy -- IX Diplomacy of Distortion -- X Ambassador in Retrospect -- Appendices -- Selected Bibliography


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