Klemens von Metternich (1773-1859) served as the Foreign Minister of the Empire from 1809 until the revolutions of 1848 forced his resignation. He led the Austrian delegation at the Congress of Vienna which divided post-Napoleonic Europe between the major powers. Their main aim was to avoid further wars and, more importantly, avoid revolution. Thus, their aim was to preserve the status quo of the various monarchies. His famous statement, "Asia begins at the Landstrasse", refers to the Landstrasse, the main highway leading from Vienna east into Hungary, which was not considered part of Europe proper.