Concert of Europe facts for kids
The national boundaries within Europe as set by the Congress of Vienna, 1815.
|Preceded by||Napoleonic era|
|Followed by||Romantic era|
The Concert of Europe, also known as the Congress System or the Vienna System after the Congress of Vienna, was a system of dispute resolution adopted by the major conservative powers of Europe to maintain their power, oppose revolutionary movements, weaken the forces of nationalism, and uphold the balance of power. Historians date its operation from the end of the Napoleonic Wars (1815) to the early 1820s, although some see it playing a role until the Crimean War (1853–1856).
The leaders of this concert include:
- British Foreign Secretary - Lord Castlereagh
- Austrian Chancellor - Prince Klemenz von Metternich
- Russian Czar - Alexander I
The Concert was also known as the Congress System, where leaders would meet and reach decisions by mutual agreement. It eventually would change names and more countries joined to form The League of Nations.
Important goals of the Concert:
- control France after many years of war
- develop a "balance of power" among the nations of Europe
- uphold the agreements set by the Congress of Vienna (1814-1815)
- prevent another dictator from gaining too much power (like Napoleon)
- Fell apart after years of disagreement between the countries
- Mainly between Great Britain (England) and the other conservative countries in the Concert
- Finally fell after the following wars: Crimean War, Italian War for Independence, Austro-Prussian War and the Franco-Prussian War.
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Prince Metternich, Austrian chancellor and foreign minister, as well as an influential leader in the Concert of Europe
In Spanish: Concierto europeo para niños
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