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 (mĕt′ər-nĭk, -nĭKH), Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von 1773-1859.
Austrian politician and diplomat who helped form the alliance of Austria, Great Britain, Prussia, and Russia that ultimately defeated Napoleon I.


(German ˈmɛtərnɪç)
(Biography) Klemens (ˈkleːməns). 1773–1859, Austrian statesman. He became foreign minister (1809) and made a significant contribution to the Congress of Vienna (1815). From 1821 to 1848 he was both foreign minister and chancellor of Austria and is noted for his defence of autocracy in Europe


(ˈmɛt ər nɪx, -nɪk)

Prince Klemens Wenzel Nepomuk Lothar von, 1773–1859, Austrian statesman and diplomat.
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All the Powers of old Europe have entered into a holy alliance to exorcise this spectre: Pope and Czar, Metternich and Guizot, French Radicals and German police-spies.
Do not do anything of the sort; for were the gentleman a Montmorency, and the diplomatist a Metternich, we will breakfast at eleven; in the meantime, follow Debray's example, and take a glass of sherry and a biscuit.
Consequently, it would only have been necessary for Metternich, Rumyantsev, or Talleyrand, between a levee and an evening party, to have taken proper pains and written a more adroit note, or for Napoleon to have written to Alexander: "My respected Brother, I consent to restore the duchy to the Duke of Oldenburg"- and there would have been no war.
Such news might create a panic at Vienna, and cause Russia to drop his cards, and take Prussia into a corner, and Talleyrand and Metternich to wag their heads together, while Prince Hardenberg, and even the present Marquis of Londonderry, were puzzled; but how was this intelligence to affect a young lady in Russell Square, before whose door the watchman sang the hours when she was asleep: who, if she strolled in the square, was guarded there by the railings and the beadle: who, if she walked ever so short a distance to buy a ribbon in Southampton Row, was followed by Black Sambo with an enormous cane: who was always cared for, dressed, put to bed, and watched over by ever so many guardian angels, with and without wages?
Putin, a Metternich student and a fan of Marine Le Pen, cannot be fooled so easily.
Prussia was represented by its king, Friedrich Wilhelm III; Russia by Tsar Alexander; Britain by its foreign minister, Lord Castlereagh; and Austria, by its chancellor, Klemens von Metternich.
When revised as his first book in 1954, A World Restored: Metternich, Castlereagh, and the Problem of Peace, 1812-22, the dissertation established his place as one of the foremost students of peace and peacemaking in the twentieth century.
Austrian Chancellor Klemens von Metternich, a pillar of the reactionism that became European policy after the Congress of Vienna, used to say that Italy "was a geographical concept" cynical formula, which actually showed that a divided Italy was liked by the great powers, especially Austria (SANIC, Dimitrie Ghica Fund, file 90/1860, folio 1).
As Count Metternich observed in 1807 about negotiations with the rising powers of his day, "Peace does not exist with a revolutionary system.
Professor Jarrett is fascinated by the personalities who worked to achieve these outcome and he describes vividly the relationships among the three principal actors, Viscount Castlereagh of England, Prince Metternich of Austria and Czar Alexander I of Russia.
Franz Joseph ruled Austria as part of the Habsburg dynasty from 1848-1916, and Owens details the events that preceded and occurred during his reign, including the previous rulers in the dynasty, the upheavals in Central Europe as laboring classes fought against their imperial occupiers, the role of Austria's prime minister Metternich, the history of the conquerors Napoleon and Bismarck, the Crimean War, and the beginning of World War I.
The region has become reminiscent of the late 19th-century Metternich order of Western Europe.