“The Rothschild family reached a peak in its power during the Age of Metternich (1814–1848), but as the century waned, so did Rothschild power. They still held a considerable amount of influence, but their ‘veto power’ was not as strong as it had been before the revolutionary overthrow of Metternich’s Europe. This lagging power was nothing that could not be reversed, though, and the last half of the 19th century was spent manufacturing another incredible climb upward.

The new rise in power came about during the reign of the ‘New Trinity’: Alphonse (France), Lionel (England), and Anselm (Vienna). The succeeding generations of these three family leaders were the catalysts of a new family order. An excellent example of Rothschild power in the late 19th century is the families’ dealings with the Illuminati Habsburgs. In order to be court-worthy for the Habsburgs, you had to have four ancestral lines of nobility, and you had to be baptized. Yet Emperor Francis Joseph gave the Rothschilds ‘a special act of grace’ in 1887. From then on, the House was allowed to be on close terms with the Habsburgs. This was a considerable act. The European nobility are very serious about their aristocratic rules. (Francis Joseph was not very close to the House, but his wife was a good friend of the Rothschilds.)

Another great example of Rothschild influence is their direct involvement on both sides of the Austro-Prussian and Franco-Prussian Wars. Bismarck, dictator of Prussia, was a sort of son to Amschel of Frankfort. After Amschel died, Bismarck remained close to the Rothschilds (although he had occasional quibbles with the family). Bismarck’s banker, Bleichroder, was a Rothschild agent and the richest man in Berlin. He was invaluable to Bismarck as the financier of the dictator’s wars with Austria and France. In Austria, the Hapsburgs were at least publicly implored by Alphonse and Anthony of Paris and Anselm of Vienna to avoid a war with the ambitious Prussian dictator at all costs. Of all the international banking families, the Rothschilds appeared to be in favour of peace the most, although this was probably a ruse.

‘We want peace at any price,’ said Anthony de Rothschild. ‘What do we care about—Germany, Austria, or Belgium? That sort of thing is out of date.’ But the Austrians gave in to Bismarck’s provocations and embarked on a war with Prussia in 1866 (the Rothschilds had all congregated in London for a family wedding the year before; it is possible the wedding was used as an excuse to assemble the family together to discuss a plan of action concerning the upcoming events). Austria had been warned. In seven weeks, the war was over. Bismarck had crushed the Austrians. The war had been financed by a Rothschild agent, Bleichroder. Then Bismarck began to provoke France. Napoleon III was in the pocket of the head of all the Rothschilds, Alphonse de Rothschild of the Paris House. In fact, the two even shared the same mistress. Alphonse also had ‘access’ to Bismarck. He was on both sides of the track, so to speak. Then (very possibly under Rothschild direction), Bismarck began to try to put a German prince on the Spanish throne. Napoleon III responded by telling Alphonse that France could not allow such a thing, and unless England intervened diplomatically, he would have no choice but to go to war against Prussia. The Emperor wished to use Rothschild’s courier/agent system to relay this message to England.

Baron Alphonse did so, sending the message to Nathaniel de Rothschild at New Court who relayed it to a close family member and former Prime Minister Gladstone (England happened to be without a Prime Minister at that time). Gladstone (shedding, I believe, a light on the family’s own opinions) answered the message with a refusal to intervene. The stage was set. Although Bismarck withdrew his Spanish candidate, the frictions between France and Prussia had become irreconcilable. Napoleon III declared war on Prussia in 1870. One biographer explained:

‘No one foresaw the fall of France. Indeed, crowned beads and statesmen alike believed that at long last Bismarck had taken on an impossible task.’

Despite everyone’s confidence in France, Alphonse sent his family to England. He apparently knew better. Napoleon III suffered a terrible defeat. His empire came to an end. This war was also financed by the Rothschild agent, Bleichroder. Here comes the great puzzle concerning the whole affair. Biographers, using diaries and such, seem to think the Rothschilds were very distraught over Napoleon III’s loss. But it also appears they were behind the whole mess. Perhaps the fear of the unpredictability of the new revolution caused this dismay.

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