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Unit 3: Revolutions and Reaction

Lesson C: Impact of the Atlantic Revolutions on Europe

Activity 6: Goals of the Congress of Vienna

In order to maintain a balance of power no one government could have too little or too much land or power. If they had too little, several more powerful countries could conquer it quickly, resulting in war. If one country had too much power, that country might also attempt to conquer the weaker governments. Again, the result would be war.

The second goal was to make sure the monarchs of Europe remained in power. There could be no new revolutions to threaten the power of the monarchs. The traditional order had to be maintained.

Interactive IconDirections: Read each event and then drag to the correct column: Maintained Balance of Power, Preserved Monarchies, or Both. Use the buttons provided to check the latest move or, when you are done, check the whole question.

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Written Activity - Notebook

In your notebook, respond to the following questions:

  • To what extent were the ideals of the French Revolution reflected in the actions of the Congress of Vienna?
  • Predict how the actions of the Congress of Vienna may affect the people in European countries. Use evidence from the chart to support your response.