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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. Prince Schwarzenberg was convinced that Austria was a power state the equal of France, and that both were after national aggrandisement in Italy. With this in mind, he set out to complete the Austro-French accord begun months earlier by Metternich, an arrangement by which France and Austria would intervene jointly against Lombardy and Sardinia.
P. Taylor: The 1raitor within the Gates He also imagined that English liberalism was only a tolerant fiction maintained in order to avoid class conflict, and that Palmerston actually shared Castlereagh's commitment to the Concert system and would willingly lead England to intervene in Italy. Therefore, Metternich, in 1847, called upon Palmerston to fulfil England's 1815 treaty obligations, to intervene against revolution and to stand firm against France, which, Metternich assumed, would seek to exploit revolution for its own ends.
4 However, breaking up the empire into the successor states of Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Hungary, Austria, and Poland did not resolve the problem endemic to central and eastern Europe: ethnic and national inequality, which again and again produced rivalry, conflict, and even war. In a surprising burst of pragmatism, given the subject, Taylor observed in 1941 that given its history, central Europe could not be settled without some of its inhabitants experiencing injustice. s On a break from his studies in Vienna in 1929, Taylor travelled within the former monarchy to Carinthia, Trieste and Split, where he discovered that there was more to the former monarchy than German Austrians.