The Emperor William and His Reign

The Emperor William and His Reign

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1886 edition. Excerpt: ... at heart less assured on this point than he made believe. However this might be, he repeated to the Bavarian Minister what he had said to other people at Carlsbad, namely: that Prussia was prepared for war and Austria was not, and that the war would be of short duration, provided the other German States did not interfere. If Prussia were to gain one great battle, she could dictate the terms of peace. Bavaria had only to remain neutral, and she could inherit the place of Austria in South Germany. Such were the overtures made to Herr von der Pfordten, who wisely preserved great reticence on so delicate a subject. All these conversations were not without making an impression on the Emperor of Austria who, thinking the danger of war more imminent than it really was (Prussia being far less prepared for hostilities than Bismarck made out), made a last attempt at reconciliation in the hope of averting this calamity from his subjects. He sent Count Blome to Gastein to negotiate a compromise with Prussia. These negotiations, interrupted by numerous incidents that almost frustrated them, lasted nearly three weeks, and resulted on the 14th of August in the signature of a Convention, ratified eight days later by the sovereigns who met at Salzburg. The Convention of Gastein divided the government of the Duchies between the two Powers, without prejudice to the rights of either to the totality of Schleswig-Holstein as established by the Treaty of Peace of Vienna. Prussia received Schleswig; Austria, Holstein. The two Powers were to propose to the German Diet to make of Kiel a Federal port and of Rendsburg a Federal fortress. As to the Duchy of Lauenburg, also acquired in common by the Treaty of Vienna, the Emperor of Austria was to cede his part of it for the...show more

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  • Paperback | 70 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 4mm | 141g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236504496
  • 9781236504494