The Napoleonic Legacy and the Imposition of Habsburg Rule, 1813–1818
In the aftermath of the Congress of Vienna, the Austrian authorities were faced with a dilemma of how far to retain the relatively efficient, but widely disliked and costly, Napoleonic machinery of government. This chapter describes how Vienna eventually opted for an administrative system that combined elements of Theresian, Josephist, and Napoleonic models, but which slimmed down the role of the state, and paid little or no attention to Venetian traditions. Unfortunately this system would prove extremely ponderous and inflexible, and closed career opportunities for many talented and ambitious men.
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