Austria, Great Britain, And The Crimean War: The Destruction Of The European Concert
The events of the Crimean War served to destroy for a significant period the existing international system in Europe and the prevailing rules by which foreign policy was conducted and peace maintained. The war undermined the Concert of Europe, the complex of practices and arrangements whereby the five great powers cooperated to settle dangerous European problems and to avoid great-power confrontations. The most notable thing about the Crimean War which broke out in 1854 was that it destroyed these conditions. This books examines to what extent these results were unforeseen and unanticipated, or intended and even deliberate.