Metternich was an Austrian who was perhaps born too late to realize his aspirations of becoming a powerful and respected king. Because of the revolutions and their respective out lashings, the Prince would not be able to appease the yearnful scorn of his would-be public. The political movement was simply too great and out of control to return to the traditions of absolutism or monarchical societies.
In a letter, Metternich writes to the King of Austria of the state of Europe post several waves of revolutionary action common in 1848. He describes the apparent need the masses of people express through various displays of vivacious displeasure. In his forty years of service to Austria’s foreign affairs, he felt as though he had failed. This was in any case, a result of the chaos that surrounded the debilitating affairs of the revolutions of 1848.
He realized that the stronghold of his politics could no longer remain, and thus his days as a useful member of governtry in a new and perceptively wild form of politics.
On reflection, I’d say that it is almost as hard for me to understand previous forms of political manifestos considering I’m an American born in the mid-1980s. Perhaps, it was just as hard for Metternich to fathom the idea of change in a political machine that, in his mind, was so well-oiled. He assume-ably was well trained in politics and civic affairs in the tradition of those before him. This would be like me getting the best education in medicine that money could buy and then suddenly, poof! People don’t get sick anymore. The unforeseen can be dangerous. It seems as though Prince Metternich was one of probably many who were rolled over by the changing tide of reform in the revolutions of 1848.