InFrom Victory to Peace, Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter brings the Russian perspective to a critical moment in European political history.
This history of Russian diplomatic thought in the years after the Congress of Vienna concerns a time when Russia and Emperor Alexander I were fully integrated into European society and politics. Wirtschafter looks at how Russia's statesmen who served Alexander I across Europe, in South America, and in Constantinople represented the Russian monarch's foreign policy and sought to act in concert with the allies.
Based on archival and published sources—diplomatic communications, conference protocols, personal letters, treaty agreements, and the periodical press—this book illustrates how Russia's policymakers and diplomats responded to events on the ground as the process of implementing peace unfolded.
Thanks to generous funding from the Sustainable History Monograph Pilot and the Mellon Foundation the ebook editions of this book are available as Open Access (OA) volumes from Cornell Open (cornellpress.cornell.edu/cornell-open) and other Open Access repositories.
Introduction: Russia as a Great Power in Europe
1. Pacification and Peace (1815–17)
2. Completion of the General Alliance (1817–20)
3. Alliance Unity and Intervention in Naples (1820–21)
4. To Act in Concert (1821–22)
5. Spain and the European System (1820–23)
Conclusion: Russia's European Diplomacy
Elise Kimerling Wirtschafter is Emeritus Professor of History at California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. She is author of Religion and Enlightenment in Catherinian Russia, Russia's Age of Serfdom 1649–1861, The Play of Ideas in Russian Enlightenment Theater, Social Identity in Imperial Russia, Structures of Society, and From Serf to Russian Soldier.