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Presentation on theme: "T HE C ONSERVATIVE O RDER AND THE A GE OF M ETTERNICH The Empires Strike Back!"— Presentation transcript:


2 W HAT ARE THESE TERMS ? T HE K EY TO YOUR AP E XISTENCE FOR THE NEXT TWO WEEKS OR SO … Conservatism – keeping the status quo…keeping the kings in charge and letting the absolute monarchs run the show Liberalism – open up democracy to the educated and landowning middle class…elect representatives to legislative bodies and avoid mass democracy Nationalism – a great pride in your culture or country…will be driving force behind separate ethnicities and cultures being administered by their own representative government

3 T HE C ONGRESS OF V IENNA Lets fix this!

4 C ONGRESS OF V IENNA Representatives of major powers of Europe, including France, met to redraw territorial lines and to try and restore the social and political order of the Old Regime Big Five Klemens Von Metternich – AUSTRIA Lord Castlereagh – GREAT BRITAIN Czar Alexander I – RUSSIA Some Prussian – PRUSSIA Minister Talleyrand – FRANCE



7 W HAT THE W HITE M EN W ANT Legitimacy The deposed kings are returned to their power Bourbons restored in France, Spain, and Naples Compensation Reward states which helped defeat Napoleon with land England receives naval bases Austria receives Italian provinces Russia receives much of Poland, and Alexander becomes king

8 W HAT THE W HITE M EN D ID Balance of Power GOAL: Arrange the map so that one country can never gain enough power to be able to take over Strategies to encircle France Strengthen the Netherlands – buffer state of Belgium German Confederation (Bund) Official end of Holy Roman Empire Austria is President of the Assembly of Confederation Loose confederation of states where members remained pretty much sovereign



11 L EGACY OF THE C ONGRESS OF V IENNA Goal – Make a Europe where there will never be another war Britain emerges as the most powerful country and the lone growing power Successfully restored the European balance of power…relative peace for the next 100 years Criticism for limiting and discouraging the spread of Enlightenment ideas Underestimated the new nationalism generated by the French Revolution


13 C ONCERT OF E UROPE A series of arrangements to enforce the status quo as defined by the Vienna settlement Highly conservative and against liberalism/nationalism Two Components Quadruple Alliance Congress System

14 CONCERT OF EUROPE Q UADRUPLE A LLIANCE Quadruple Alliance – Russia, Prussia, Austria, and England If a dynastic leader was under attack, all members of the Alliance promised to help one another France was seen as a constant threat Austria used the alliance to their benefit the most

15 CONCERT OF EUROPE C ONGRESS S YSTEM Congress System Countries are designed to meet every couple of years to discuss new threats Worked effectively until 1822 when Britain pulled out Disagreed with the handling of Spanish rebellion

16 H OLY A LLIANCE Russia, Prussia, Austria Designed to agree to uphold Christian principles in foreign policy Britain does not join More of a way to put down liberalism and nationalism than a way to uphold Christian principles Reactive, not proactive

17 Q UICK W RITING A SSIGNMENT Write the introduction… Discuss the goals and overall legacy of the Congress of Vienna (1814-15). Underline your thesis.

18 L IBERALISM Something Different.

19 C HARACTERISTICS OF L IBERALISM First major theory in Western thought that saw the individual as a self-sufficient being, whose freedom and well-being were the sole reasons for the existence of society The political outgrowth of the Enlightenment Believe in… Liberty of the individual People should get equal rights before the law Government should protect natural rights

20 C HARACTERISTICS OF L IBERALISM DONT BELIEVE IN PURE DEMOCRACY AND UNIVERSAL SUFFRAGE Most identify with the bourgeoisie (middle class) and believe voting rights shouldnt be extended below them to the lower classes

21 L IBERALISM IN E CONOMICS Economics becomes known as the dismal science Adam Smith – Wealth of Nations No government intervention (laissez-faire) The Invisible Hand will take negative qualities of people and turn them into good for the economy Severely opposed to mercantilism

22 L IBERALISM IN E CONOMICS THE DEBBIE DOWNERS David Ricardo iron law of wages Thomas Malthus Population vs. food supply


24 L IBERALISM IN E CONOMICS Utilitarianism – Jeremy Bentham Laws should be made based on the greatest happiness of the greatest number Every law should help the greatest amount of people at the greatest possible amount John Stuart Mill – On Liberty (1859) A person should be free as long as it doesnt infringe on someone elses freedom Government should exist to make sure peoples freedom doesnt get infringed upon Absolute freedom of opinion to be protected from both government censorship and tyranny of majority

25 I MPACT OF L IBERALISM Inspired various revolutionary movements of the early 19 th century Left traces in written constitutions which were installed in European countries during the mid- 19 th century Translated into the Romantic period of art, music, and literature Zollverein – 1834 Economic union of 17 German states which eliminated internal tariffs and established free trade Free trade was a liberal idea



28 W HAT IS C ONSERVATISM ? A reaction to liberalism and a popular alternative for those frightened by the violence, terror, and social disorder of the French Revolution Supported by traditional ruling classes and peasants Believed in order, society, the state, faith, and tradition Basically Make life the way it was before the French Revolution

29 T HE B IGGEST T HREAT … The bourgeoisie (middle class), which had stirred up the lower classes in France

30 E DMUND B URKE Reflections of the Revolution in France One of the great intellectual defenses of European conservatism Predicted anarchy and dictatorship in France as a result of the French Revolution Advised England to go slow in adapting its own liberties

31 K LEMENS V ON M ETTERNICH Foreign minister of Austria and chief architect of the Congress of Vienna Particularly concerned about the multi-ethnic character of the Austrian empire Did not want the ideas of the French Revolution to take root in his empire


33 A USTRIA AND THE G ERMAN C ONFEDERATION Austria had the most to lose with FR ideas in play Carlsbad Diet (1819) – instituted by Concert Carlsbad Decrees cracked down on liberalism in universities and drove liberalism and nationalism underground Any teacher talking about Enlightenment ideas will be fired Student organizations would be monitored by student spies Materials pushing for German unification will be censored

34 E XCERPT FROM C ARLSBAD D ECREES The confederated governments mutually pledge themselves to remove from the universities or other public educational institutions all teachers who, by obvious deviation from their duty or by exceeding the limits of their functions, or by the abuse of their legitimate influence over the youthful minds, or by propagating harmful doctrines hostile to public order or subversive of existing governmental institutions, shall have unmistakably proved their unfitness for the important of fice entrusted to them...

35 P RUSSIA Hohenzollern dynasty continues to rule Liberal reforms in Prussia after 1815 were designed to increase government efficiency instead of giving the people more freedom Government and Junkers work together to suppress liberal and nationalist movements

36 G REAT B RITAIN Tories vs. Whigs Conservative Tories control the government Corn Laws (1815) Cheaper foreign grains cannot be imported Benefited wealthy landowners who could jack up the prices of domestic product Habeas corpus repealed for first time in British history

37 G REAT B RITAIN Peterloo Massacre (1819) Pro-liberal crowd in Manchester attacked by police Crowd wanted the Corn Laws repealed and universal suffrage for all men 11 killed and 400 were injured Press will be brought under control, mass meetings will be abolished, and liberals are scared to protest England – moving toward a conservative, authoritarian state by 1820


39 J OHN T YAS, N EWSPAPER C ORRESPONDENT, T HE T IMES It appears by every account that has yet reached London, that in the midst of the Chairman's speech, within less than twenty minutes from the commencement of the meeting, the Yeomanry Cavalry of the town of Manchester charged the populace sword in hand, cut their way to the platform, and with the police at their head, made prisoners of Hunt and several of those who surrounded him - seized the flags of the Reformers - trampled down and cut down a number of the people, who, after throwing some stones and brickbats at the cavalry in its advance towards the hustings, fled on all sides in the utmost confusion and dismay.

40 J OHN T YAS, N EWSPAPER C ORRESPONDENT, T HE T IMES Of the crowd... a large portion consisted of women. About 8 or 10 persons were killed, and, besides those whom their own friends carried off, above 50 wounded were taken to the hospitals; but the gross number is not supposed to have fallen short of 80 or 100, more or less, grievously wounded... Was that [meeting] at Manchester an 'unlawful assembly'? Was the notice of it unlawful? We believe not. Was the subject proposed for discussion an unlawful object? Assuredly not. Was any thing done at this meeting before the cavalry rode in upon it, either contrary to law or in breach of the peace? No such circumstance is recorded in any of the statements which have yet reached our hands.

41 G OVERNMENT R EACTION The Government completely endorsed the magistrates' actions and decided it was an illegal meeting anyway. In a letter to Canning on 23 September 1819, Lord Liverpool said: When I say that the proceedings of the magistrates at Manchester... were justifiable, you will understand me as not by any means deciding that the course which they pursued on that occasion was in all its parts prudent. A great deal might be said in their favour even on this head; but, whatever judgement might be formed in this respect, being satisfied that they were substantially right, there remained no alternative but to support them.

42 F RANCE Charter of 1814 – established a constitutional monarchy under Louis XVIII Bicameral legislature – Chamber of Deputies and Chamber of Peers 1816 – moderate royalists were brought to power through the election…want to roll France back to an absolutist state

43 F RANCE Spanish revolution crushed in 1823, and French troops were brought in by the Concert of Europe to restore Ferdinand VII, a Bourbon, back to the throne 1820 – heir to the throne was murdered and royalists use it to crack down on liberals Louis XVIII gets more reactionary and conservative the longer he remains in power

44 R USSIA Death of Alexander I in 1825 leaves power vacuum Younger brother Nicholas was in line to rule Decembrist Uprising (1825) Junior military officers (decembrists) supported liberal measures in government, unlike Nicholas Sought to prevent Nicholass ascension to the throne Revolt failed, and the leaders and sentenced to death Botched hanging Nicholas I becomes the most reactionary monarch



47 N ATIONALISM a great pride in your culture or country…will be driving force behind separate ethnicities and cultures being administered by their own representative government




51 C HARACTERISTICS OF N ATIONALISM Cultural groups should rule themselves Common language, history, and traditions would bring about unity and common loyalties Supported by liberals Immediate origins were in the French Revolution and the Napoleonic wars

52 E ARLY N ATIONALISTS Johann Gottfried Herder (1744-1803) The father of modern nationalism Saw every groups as unique and possessing a distinct national character – Volksgeist No one culture is better than another Johann Gottlieb Fichte (1762-1814) The father of German nationalism Wanted to dehumanize other cultural groups How to handle Jewish problem? I see absolutely no way of giving them [the Jews] civic rights, except perhaps if one chops of all of their heads and replaces them with new ones, in which there would not be one single Jewish idea.

53 N ATIONAL R EVOLUTIONARY M OVEMENTS 1820 Spain – revolt crushed by Concert of Europe Revolted against the Bourbon leader of Spain England withdraws Naples (Italy) – revolt crushed by Austrian troops Carbonari had triggered revolt Piedmont (Italy) – revolt crushed by Austrian troops

54 N ATIONAL R EVOLUTIONARY M OVEMENTS Greek Revolution (1821-1829) The Eastern Question – Sick man of Europe Turks retreating England, France, and Russia will help Greeks Muslims vs. Christians AND loving Greek culture Treaty of Adrianople (1829) – Greek is an autonomous state but has a German king


56 R EVOLUTIONS OF 1830 France – July Revolution (1830) Charles X – divine right and absolutism Radical revolt forces Charles X to quit Will spark a wave of revolts throughout Europe Metternich: when France sneezes, the rest of Europe catches a cold


58 R EVOLUTIONS OF 1830 July Revolution Louis Philippe, a cousin of the royal family, becomes the new king under a constitutional monarchy Known as the Bourgeoisie King France now controlled by upper-middle class…for the first time since immediately after Charles X took over (1824) Laws will be made that support the middle class at the expense of the former nobility




62 R EVOLUTIONS OF 1830 Italy (1831-32) Trouble breaks out in Northern Italy…led by Guiseppe Mazzini and his Young Italy Austrian troops put down the revolts under Metternichs direction German states (1830-33) Carlsbad Decrees worked July Revolution triggers rumblings for unification Austrias domination of German Confederation puts these wishes down

63 R EVOLUTIONS OF 1830 Belgium (1830) Merged with the Netherlands in 1815 but has great cultural differences Revolt in Brussels is helped by French/British, who have nothing to lose from Belgian independence Poland (1830-31) Nicholas I crushes a movement for Polish independence and reinforces rule

64 L IBERAL R EFORM IN E NGLAND Slow but steady changes…

65 1820-1830 Young Tories control the government Robert Peel and George Canning Reforms Abandoning the Concert of Europe Reformed prisons and criminal code Allowed labor unions Established the Bobbies Test Act repealed Civil rights for Catholics

66 1830 AND O NWARD Led by Earl Grey, leader of the Whigs Heavily supported by the middle class British national character Be free and dont revolt when one thing goes wrong Be a respectful reformer

67 R EFORM B ILL OF 1832 Spurred on by a recent cholera epidemic…the people wanted a more proactive government Provisions Increased number of voters from 6% to 12% Kept a property qualification for the franchise Eliminated rotten boroughs, which evens levels of representation in Parliament across the country Resulted in the supremacy of the House of Commons over the House of Lords


69 P ARLIAMENT S A CTIONS Factory Act of 1833 Ages 0-8 cannot work Ages 9-13 – 8 hrs per day Ages 14-18 – 12 hrs per day Destroyed pattern of families working together Mines Act of 1842 – ages under 10 cannot work in the mines Factory Act of 1847 – boys under 18 and women cannot work over 10 hrs per day Also known as the Ten Hour Act

70 C HARTISM – U NION IN P OLITICS Political movement in England which fights for democracy among all people Six Points Universal male suffrage Annual election of House of Commons Secret ballot Equal electoral districts Abolition of property qualifications for Parliament Salaries for members of the House of Commons Movement fails but all measures will eventually be adopted

71 O THER P ARLIAMENTARY T HINGS Corn Laws repealed in 1846 Navigation Laws repealed in 1849 Previously all goods had to be brought in to England with British ships The official end to mercantilism BIG POINT : BECAUSE OF THESE SMALL BUT STEADY CHANGES, THERE WAS LIMITED INTERNAL UNREST IN ENGLAND FROM 1820-1850, UNLIKE THE REST OF THE CONTINENT OF EUROPE

72 1848 Judgment Day.


74 1848 – AN OVERVIEW The turning point in the 19 th century Triggered by nationalism, liberalism, and romanticism as well as economic instability Only Britain and Russia will survive great instability Results… End of serfdom in Austria and Germany Universal male suffrage in France Parliaments established in German states Stimulation of unification talk in Germany

75 1848 – F RANCE February Revolution Working class and liberals unhappy with the king, Louis Philippe The nobility unhappy with the Bourgeoisie King King was forced to abdicate in February 1848 Second French Republic Influenced by Louis Blanc, who opened the National Workshops which guaranteed work for the unemployed Reforms Abolished slavery 10 hr workday in Paris Abolished the death penalty

76 1848 – F RANCE After April elections, Blanc exited Assembly and workshops are closed – triggers anger June Days Revolt led by the working class…the National Guard will seek to crush the uprising and support the bourgeoisies power Workers want to fight against poverty and desire redistribution of income Barricades put up in street but revolt is crushed by the conservatives



79 1848 – F RANCE The National Assembly creates a Constitution which allows for a strong president and a unicameral legislature Napoleons nephew – Louis Napoleon – wins election and becomes president of Republic

80 1848 – I TALY Nationalists and liberals seek to finally kick out foreign leaders in Italy Many city-states defeat outside rulers Giuseppe Mazzini establishes Roman Republic, protected by Giuseppe Garibaldi Pope Pius IX was forced to flee Rome Austrian and French troops retake Italian regions Why? No support from rural people Revolutionaries were not united Lack of leadership among revolutionaries

81 1848 – A USTRIA Austrian government was extremely vulnerable to nationalist and liberal activities They were not willing to grant any freedoms to any group because they would quickly lose control

82 1848 – A USTRIA Declarations of Independence Louis Kossuth, a Magyar leader, demanded independence for the Hungarians The Czechs and three Italian provinces also demanded independence Mass demonstrations from students and workers Defeat of Hungary…and everyone else Magyars cannot work with Slavs against the conservative Austrian army Austria had help from Russian armies Metternich is forced to abdicate because of the mass unrest…his conservatism has been defeated

83 1848 – G ERMAN S TATES Liberals demanded constitutional government and a union or federation of German states Frankfurt Parliament (May 1848) Liberal, nationalist/romantic leaders call for a elections to a constituent assembly, from all states in the German Bund, for the purpose of unifying Germany Presents Prussian king a constitution, which he accepts at first because of threats of rebellion from the lower classes across Germany

84 1848 – G ERMAN S TATES Prussian King Frederick William IV then rejects the liberal constitution Claims divine right of kings I reject your crown from the gutter that has the stink of revolution on it King then imposes a constitution that guarantees royal control in the government Austria then demanded that Prussia pay allegiance to the Bund, which Austria dominated Prussia then drops plan to unify Germany, leaving Austria the dominant German state in Bund

85 1848 E VALUATED Many of the revolutions were spontaneous movements that could not effectively maintain popular support Middle classes, who led the revolutions, came to fear the radical tendencies of their working class allies…they couldnt work together Conservatives take advantage to keep control Different ethnic groups cannot work together to take advantage of conservatives weaknesses

86 1848 E VALUATED Positive Aspects Universal male suffrage in France Serfdom remains abolished in Austria/German states Parliaments established in Prussia and other German states, even though they are dominated by royals Prussia, others will gain momentum for unification

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