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Books

Metternich gets a makeover

21 February 2020

10:00 PM

21 February 2020

10:00 PM

Metternich: Strategist and Visionary Wolfram Siemann, translated from the German by Daniel Steuer

The Belknap Press/ Harvard University Press, pp.900, £31.99

This is a giant Teutonic forest of a book, to be progressed through with determination as if by seasoned infantry; it is as far as biography can get from a Viennese waltz. But it has its rewards. It is a very extensive and well-researched chronicle of the subject’s monumental career — 39 years as foreign minister of the Austrian Empire, the last 27 of them also as the state chancellor, and an extensive diplomatic career prior to all that.

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