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Therein lay the rub, Taylor explained. Mettemich was an ageing veteran of the Ballhausplatz, and could hardly follow Hartig's brusque, though useful advice. Knowing full well that no energy could be expected from the senile Viceroy, Archduke Rainer, or from his equally senile officials, Metternich accepted Fiquelmont's proposal in letters containing a tone of great relief'. 47 Finally, Taylor added the element of chance, or accident, to his considerations. For example, chance played a key role in the 'diplomatic revolution' of October 1848.
Taylor: The 7raitor within the Gates monarchy, and only by knowing the history of the monarchy could one understand the European dilemma the Germans represented. Taylor saw an unrestrained and irresponsible German nationalism as the essential ingredient in that history. Taylor described German nationalism within the Habsburg Empire as merely cultural arrogance and racial intolerance enhanced by class consciousness. Not high praise, by anyone's standards. The Habsburgs had opposed German nationalism in 1848 and later, but ineffectually, and Taylor had little sympathy for them.
Palmerston not only had refused to intervene in Italy, but had warned Austria to grant administrative reforms in the Austrian provinces. Therefore, Mettemich told the French that England actually hoped to establish a northern Italian kingdom, assuming that the French would regard this as a 32 A. J. P. 'Rlylor: The 1Taitor within the Gates threat to their security, and would behave in response as Metternich wished them to. But the chancellor missed the point all along, Taylor argued. Approaching France at all, suggested the extent to which he was at a loss concerning Palmerston's disregard for the principles of 1815.