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From Adrianople to Münchengrätz: Metternich, Russia, and the Eastern 1829-33

ŠEDIVÝ, M. From Adrianople to Münchengrätz: Metternich, Russia, and the Eastern 1829-33. The International History Review, 2011, roč. 33, č. 2, s. 205-233. ISSN: 0707-5332
Jazyk publikace: eng
Anglický název: From Adrianople to Münchengrätz: Metternich, Russia, and the Eastern 1829-33
Rok vydání: 2011
Autoři: PhDr. Miroslav Šedivý Ph.D.
Abstrakt CZ: Studie je věnována Metternichově blízkovýchodní politice v letech 1829 až 1833, především pak jeho vztahu k Rusku. Cílem je dokázat, že Metternichova politika byla nejen konzervativní, ale i realistická a pragmatická. Studie byla napsána především na základě archivního výzkumu v několika evropských archivech.
Abstrakt EN: Relying on a thorough examination of relevant archival documents housed in several European archives, this paper analyses Austrian Chancellor Metternich?s Near Eastern policy from 1829 to 1833 with special attention paid to Austria?s relations with Russia. Its primary goal is to refute some already deep-rooted claims relating to Metternich?s attitudes towards Russia and the Ottoman Empire from 1829 to 1833 and to offer a different assessment of his role in the diplomatic concert to the one generally held by proving firstly that Metternich did not fear Russia?s policy towards the Ottoman Empire during this period, secondly that his policy was consistent and the meeting in Münchengraätz in 1833 was not such an important turning point in the Austrian?Russian relations but simply the climax of the already existing good relationship between the two conservative Powers, and, finally, that no Austro-Russian quid pro quo was agreed upon in this North Bohemian town, which means that Metternich did not have to give up Austrian interests in the Near East for the Russian support in the West because both countries? interests in the two areas were identical. Finally, the paper attempts to point out the fact that though Metternich?s policy definitely was conservative, it cannot be sufficiently explained by such a superficial single-word labelling because much of his rationality based upon an in-depth analysis of the affairs lay beyond it, at least of those issues concerning the Eastern Question in the early 1830s.
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