The History of England from the Accession of George III. 1760 to 1835 Volume 6

The History of England from the Accession of George III. 1760 to 1835 Volume 6

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1836 edition. Excerpt: ...of the leading powers was now diplomatically formed in the restored system of Europe; and in order to give the highest possible sanc-tion to this policy, religion was invoked to its aid: -hence the origin of that Holy Alliance, for the preservation of peace and legitimacy, avowedly on the principles of christianity, which was concluded by the three monarchs of Russia, Austria, and Prussia, and gradually joined by the other European states; England not acceding formally to its stipulations, though she acknowleged its leading principles. Our ministers indeed, when the nature of this phenomenon became a subject of discussion in parlia ment, affected to treat it lightly, as if it had been CHAP. rather a speculative fancy of well-meaning visionaries than a practical plan of designing statesmen: but there were not wanting those who viewed it in a very different light; apprehending serious consequences from a combination of military and despotic chiefs, for the purpose of maintaining a state of things undefined to the world, and this at the very moment of their victory over the last remains of the French revolution. Whether any of these apprehensions have been realised, we shall have future opportunities of discovering: certainly, as professor Heeren has observed, ' one great difliculty in the way of its beneficial operation was, the defective nature of popular rights on the continent, which leaves several of the most important questions undetermined; such, for instance, as that touching the propriety of intermeddling with the affairs of foreign states: '19 besides, the conduct of Russia regarding Poland, and that of Austria towards her Italian provinces, justly cast a shadow of suspicion on the sincerity of the principal confederates: ...show more

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  • Paperback | 172 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 9mm | 318g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236782860
  • 9781236782861