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Holy Alliance
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On September 26, 1815, the Russian tsar Alexander I, the Austrian emperor Francis I, and the Prussian king Frederick William III, meeting in Paris, signed a document whose content deviated from that of traditional international agreements [3]. Couched more in the style of an edifying tract than a prosaic treaty (Treaty), the Holy Alliance proclaimed a radical change of policy: the mandates of Christian charity were to be incorporated into international relations in such a way that the …

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Pyta, Wolfram, “Holy Alliance”, in: Encyclopedia of Early Modern History Online, Editors of the English edition: Graeme Dunphy, Andrew Gow. Original German Edition: Enzyklopädie der Neuzeit. Im Auftrag des Kulturwissenschaftlichen Instituts (Essen) und in Verbindung mit den Fachherausgebern herausgegeben von Friedrich Jaeger. Copyright © J.B. Metzlersche Verlagsbuchhandlung und Carl Ernst Poeschel Verlag GmbH 2005–2012. Consulted online on 02 April 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2352-0272_emho_COM_020790>
First published online: 2015
First print edition: 20180915

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