The Great Powers and the European States System 1814-1914
'This book has the hallmarks of success stamped through it: breadth of scope, incisive analysis and a lightness of touch in the writing.'
Professor John Keiger, University of Salford
The Great Powers and the European State System, 1814-1914 is a full analytical narrative of the functioning of the European states system over the nineteenth century between the fall of Napoleon in 1814 and the outbreak of the First World War just one hundred years later.
It examines the variety of devices, manoeuvres and feats of statesmanship by means of which decision-makers managed the interplay of their interests, common and conflicting including the dangerous Eastern Question without exposing Europe to the catastrophe of a general conflagration:
At nearly double the length of the first edition, this book is a very major revision and update. It includes not only the results of the latest research, but a body of additional information and a number of illuminating maps that will make the subject even more accessible to readers.
F.R. Bridge is Emeritus Professor of Diplomatic History, University of Leeds. His many publications include The Habsburg Monarchy Among the Great Powers, 1815-1918 (1990).
The late Roger Bullen was Senior Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.