1939. Charles Maurice de Tallyrand-Périgord was a French Bishop, diplomat and politician.
He was Napoleon's chief diplomat during the years when French military victories brought one European state after another under French hegemony, as, he believed, they rightfully should be. However, most of the time, Talleyrand worked for peace so as to consolidate France's gains. He succeeded in obtaining peace with Austria through the 1801 Treaty of Luneville and with Britain in the 1802 Treaty of Amiens. He could not prevent the renewal of war in 1803 but by 1805, he opposed his emperor's renewed wars against Austria, Prussia, and Russia. He resigned as foreign minister in August 1807, but retained the trust of Napoleon and conspired to undermine the emperor's plans through secret dealings with Tsar Alexander of Russia and Austrian minister Metternich.
Talleyrand polarises scholarly opinion. Some regard him as one of the most versatile, skilled and influential diplomats in European history, and some believe that he was a traitor.
The dust jacket is grubby and a little ragged on the edges. The first free endpaper has an ex libris sticker plus an inscription. There is some speckling on the frontis portrait of Tallyrand as well as one or two other speckles through the book. The book is well worn but a good reading copy.