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Friedrich von Gentz - Writings, War between Austria and France, Private life


German political writer, born in Wroc?aw, SW Poland (formerly Breslau, Prussia). In 1786 he entered the public service of Prussia, but in 1802 exchanged into that of Austria. He wrote bitterly against Napoleon, became a friend and adviser to Metternich, and was secretary-general of the Congress of Vienna (1814), and of subsequent European conferences. He was the theorist and practical exponent of ‘Balance of Power’ in Europe.

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