The Balance of Power: The System of International Relations, 1648–1815

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Springer, Jul 27, 2016 - History - 399 pages
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This book examines on an analytical basis the system of international relations between 1648 and 1815. It considers the character of the states, their principal foreign policy goals and the beliefs that influences their relations. The author seeks on this basis to examine the character of the system as a whole: in particular how from the proclaimed desire to maintain the 'balance of power' it succeeded in establishing international stability in preventing the domination of particular states.
 

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Contents

List of Tables
1
The States
30
European wars mainly or partly concerned with
37
List of Maps
50
The Shifting Balance
57
Sovereignty
100
Status
129
Succession
149
Colonies
226
Alliances
256
Institutions
281
Rules
305
The Nature of the System
331
Notes
354
150
357
Index
384

Territory
174
Trade
204

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