On New Year’s Day 1814, the British Foreign Secretary, Lord Castlereagh, set sail from Harwich for Holland with a challenging brief: to build a coalition with Russia, Prussia, Austria, and Sweden to finally bring an end to the French Empire …
John Bew is Reader in History and Foreign Policy at the War Studies Department, King’s College London. His biography of Lord Castlereagh was published in 2011 and he is currently writing two books: Clement Attlee: From Putney to Potsdam (Quercus) and Realpolitik: A Brief History (Oxford University Press).
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