Monday, October 24, 2011

Did i answer this prompt correctly?

The prompt was...

Austrain chancellor Metternich and other conservatives fought a tenacious battle to resurect and maintain the prerevolutionary Old Regime. What were the motivations, methods, successes, and failures of Metternich and the other conservatives?

and my essay was

After the Napoleonic era, there was much rush to repair all the damage that had been done. Resulting from such a need to establish unity and peace, the Congress of Vienna gathered to prevent anymore “Napoleons” from ruling in the future and to make an effort to return to the AnciĆ©n regime. Among this congress was Austrian chancellor Metternich and many other conservatives who fought a determined battle to restore and maintain the pre-revolutionary conditions. Motivated by self-interest and traditional ideas about the balance of power and using methods of restoring all monarchs and shifting alliances, Metternich and the conservatives had many successes including balancing the power among various countries and failures such as not being able to do much against liberal political change.

During these times economic and political changes tended to fuse, reinforcing each other and thus bringing about dual revolution. This was something of which ideas and politics were not favored by Metternich and others; so in 1815 under Metternich’s leadership, Austria, Prussia, and Russia, embarked on a crusade against the ideas of the dual revolution. This is a mere example of how Metternich along with many other conservatives of his time were very motivated and always defending their rights and privileges with a clear conscience. It also displays a method that was used by Metternich: opposing liberalism and nationalism, for it was clear that Austria was simply unable to accommodate the ideologies of the dual revolution. Furthermore, one of the techniques of the Congress of Vienna in general was to find countries that were too powerful and try to balance their power in harmony among the rest of Europe.

The Crimean War is an example of the balance of power tactic. The Congress of Vienna gathered to decide which country at that time had too much power. They then centered on Russia to decrease their control status. Many alliances were involved in the process, including: the Ottoman Empire, Great Britain, France and Piedmont and Sardinia. In the end however, Russia lost the war and the Ottomans won and benefited, and England, France and other countries succeeded and ended up having satisfaction in themselves and the results. This is one of many successes of Metternich’s time. However there were failures as well. Although Metternich continued to battle against revolution, sometimes his efforts didn’t go very far. For instance he could do little about the new Latin American republics that broke away from Spain and he couldn’t undo the dynastic changes of 1830 and 1831. Yet with all the Congress of Vienna’s successes and failures, Metternich and other conservatives developed systems and strategies that proved quite effective throughout Europe.

Their goal was to maintain the peace of Europe by getting everything back to its place. With tenacious battles, agreements to consider appropriate measures for the preservation of the Old Regime, balance of power diplomacy and many other things, Metternich and other members of the Congress of Vienna lead victorious serenity throughout many countries. From the end of the Napoleonic era to the Crimean War, they marked the beginnings of many new concepts that lived on throughout history. They persisted through with the motivation of their belief in “the proper state and society [remaining] those of pre-1789 Europe, which rested on a judicious blend of monarchy, bureaucracy, aristocracy, and respectful commoners,” and not in liberalism or revolutions, which Metternich firmly believed, were leading citizens to their demise…Did i answer this prompt correctly?im not sure,

but if i were you, i would NOT put your essay on the internet.

people can copy and paste that so easily.

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