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I want to specific my gratitude to the Graduate heart of the town collage of recent York for having acquired a summer season furnish for learn in Austria. i would like to thank Dr. Franz GrafMeran for allowing me to exploit Archduke Johann's diaries and letters within the Steiermarkisches Landesarchiv, Graz, in addition to Dr. Walter Puschnigg and the opposite gents of that archive for his or her type tips. i'm additionally super thankful for the sufferer, pleasant and unsparing helpfulness and suggestion from the women and gents of the Haus-, Hof-und Staatsarchiv in Vienna. particularly i need to thank w.Amtsrat Anton Nemeth for his reduction in interpreting and transcribing a variety of records. ultimately, i'm so much thankful for the assistance, support and encouragement via Prof. Andrew Whiteside of Queens collage and town collage of recent York, and for the various beneficial feedback made by way of Profs. Robert A. Kann of Rutgers collage, Paula S. Fichtner and Bela okay. Kiraly, either one of Brooklyn collage.

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Having failed with his Reichsrat plan, Metternich returned a few months later to his favorite subject of separating government from administration and to his demand for ministers with executive powers. With his new proposal he sent a covering letter to Emperor Franz intended to put him into a receptive mood 25. His plan, he promised, would be presented in "simple sentences"; having been "considered and examined" over "a long period of probation", his proposal contained "nothing shrill, no revolutionary change, not a single daring principle".

These were Metternich's earliest reflections on internal reform. Mostly unoriginal yet no less radical than his predecessors', he too insisted on the crucial demands for oral deliberation and more confidence in, and power for, ministers. What was new was the psychologically more subtle effort to pay lip-service to the emperor's prejudices and obsessions by playing down the radical nature of the desired changes and presenting them as mere improvements of existing procedures. Metternich made careful preparations for his report on the reorganization of the Staatsrat.

CHAPTER V THE STAATS RAT OF 1814 On February 15, 1814, from the allied headquarters at Troyes amidst the battles of the Champagne, Emperor Franz sent a letter to Staats- und Konferenzminister Count Josef Wallis 1, informing him that the Staatsrat and the conference, "from now on a connected whole", were to be "the highest central government (Oberste Zentral-GeschiiJtsleitung)". The letter contained details about the intended functions and structures of the two bodies and ordered Wallis to submit as soon as possible a report on how to adapt appropriate new instructions for the Staatsrat to the old ones of 1807.

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