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The Congress of Vienna, 1814-15

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About the Course

In this course, Dr Michael Rapport (University of Glasgow) explores the Congress of Vienna, the conference of ambassadors who met between November 1814 – June 1815 with the aim of providing a long-term peace plan for Europe. The course begins by exploring about the long-term origins of the Congress, before looking more closely at the social and political impact of the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars which immediately preceded it. After that, in the third module, we outline some of the key players at the Congress of Vienna, including its host Klemens von Metternich, before turning in the fourth module to consider some of the obstacles to lasting peace in Europe – including the various disputes over France, Italy, Germany and Poland. In the fifth module, we think about the aftermath of the Congress – what it achieved and its impact on European politics – before moving in the sixth module to consider the various ways historians have interpreted the Congress from 1815 up to the present day.

About the Lecturer

Dr Michael Rapport is a Reader in Modern European History at the University of Glasgow. His research interests include, firstly, the French Revolution (both within France and in pursuit of its wider geographical impact), secondly, the French Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars and, thirdly, the ‘domino’ revolutions, meaning such revolutionary waves as those of 1848 in Europe.

Michael was born in New York, but studied History at the University of Edinburgh, undertook his PhD thesis on the French Revolution at the University of Bristol (under the supervision of Professor William Doyle) and, after a short spell at the University of Sunderland, taught at the University of Stirling for seventeen years before joining the School of Humanities at Glasgow in February 2013.