Concert of Europe (The)


From 1815 to 1914, the Concert of Europe established a set of principles, rules and practices that helped to maintain balance between the major powers after the Napoleonic Wars, and to spare Europe from another broad conflict. The system instituted a certain multilateralism that was expressed through congresses and conferences, and was based on the values of a shared civilization. From the 1860s, it reached its limits in Prussia’s rise in power, the implementation of constraining alliances in times of peace, and the profound changes of an increasingly globalized diplomacy.

Édouard Dubufe (1819-1883), Le Congrès de Paris [The Congress of Paris], 1856, Musée national du château de Versailles, oil on canvas, 510 x 308