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Prince Klemens von Metternich, Political Confession of Faith, 1820

Nevertheless the revolutionary seed had penetrated into every country and spread more or less. It was greatly developed under the régime of the military despotism of Bonaparte. His conquests displaced a number of laws, institutions, and customs; broke through bonds sacred among all nations, strong enough to resist time itself; which is more than can be said of certain benefits conferred by these innovators. From these perturbations it followed that the revolutionary spirit could in Germany, Italy, and later on in Spain, easily hide itself under the veil of patriotism. Union between the monarchs is the basis of the policy which must now be followed to save society from total ruin....

In short, let the great monarchs strengthen their union, and prove to the world that if it exists, it is beneficent, and ensures the political peace of Europe: that it is powerful only for the maintenance of tranquillity at a time when so many attacks are directed against it; that the principles which they profess are paterllal and protective, menacing only the disturbers of public tranquillity...

Metternich, Prince Klemens Von. "Political Confession of Faith, 1820." Memoirs of Prince Metternich. Ed. Prince Richard Metternich. Vol. 3. New York: Howard Fertig, 1970. 456+. Internet Modern History Sourcebook. Fordham University, Aug. 1997. Web. 28 Apr. 2016.

The passage above clearly shows Metternich's opposition to which of the following?






The Enlightenment.



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