Congress of Vienna

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When wars come to a closing, a conference of peace is called into order. Specific representatives gather to end the harshness and hostilities. Those at the Congress of Vienna were motivated to benefit Europe as a whole, rather than individual countries. While at the Treaty of Versailles, the victors were in no mood to help the nations that they defeated. The Grand Alliance was essentially a necessity needed to defeat the threat of Nazi Germany. All countries attending the Congress of Vienna, the Treaty of Versailles, and the Grand Alliance went into and walked out of these conferences with goals to achieve, and ended up with different successes and failures.

In 1915, the Congress of Vienna was held in Vienna, Austria between September 1814 and June 1815 and consisted of the four European powers that had defeated Napoleon. The conference produced short term as well as long term successes and failures. Primarily they were to divide territory that was won from Napoleon and create a stable Europe. In order to prevent imperialism within Europe, such as the Napoleonic empire, their first goal was to establish a new balance of power and maintain peace between the great powers. Despite the amusing festivals, social events and ongoing parties a great deal of negotiating and decision making did take place. Although there were many participants from many places there were five specific countries that made the important decisions; Austria, Great Britain, France, Prussia, and Russia. Representing Austria was Klemens von Metternich, as he was the host he was also most likely the most powerful figure at the congress. Karl August von Hardenburg was from Prussia, Russia brought Czar Alexander I, from Great Britain came Viscount Robert Castelreagh, and getting France off surprisingly easy was Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand.
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