The years 1650 to 1750 - sandwiched between an age of 'wars of religion' and an age of 'revolutionary wars' - have often been characterized as a 'de-ideologized' period. However, the essays in this collection contend that this is a mistaken assumption. For whilst international relations during this time may lack the obvious polarization between Catholic and Protestant visible in the proceeding hundred years, or the highly charged contest between monarchies and republics of the late eighteenth century, it is forcibly argued that ideology had a fundamental part to play in this crucial transformative stage of European history. Many early modernists have paid little attention to international relations theory, often taking a 'Realist' approach that emphasizes the anarchism, materialism and power-political nature of international relations. In contrast, this volume provides alternative perspectives, viewing international relations as socially constructed and influenced by ideas, ideology and identities. Building on such theoretical developments, allows international relations after 1648 to be fundamentally reconsidered, by putting political and economic ideology firmly back into the picture. By engaging with, and building upon, recent theoretical developments, this collection treads new terrain. Not only does it integrate cultural history with high politics and foreign policy, it also engages directly with themes discussed by political scientists and international relations theorists. As such it offers a fresh, and genuinely interdisciplinary approach to this complex and fundamental period in Europe's development.
'This collection is a successful analysis of the close connection between ideology and foreign policy in Europe between 1650 and 1750.' Sixteenth Century Journal 'Overall, this is a collection which should find a place in university libraries: the general standard of essays is higher than in many such compilations, and several are of real importance.' English Historical Review '... one of this volume's strengths is the coherent dialogue it engenders between contributions. It succeeds in this by inviting contributions from not only established historians, but also from early-career scholars whose densely-argued, source-driven articles suggest new avenues of research... the volume emanates from and contributes to the lively discussion on the nature and conduct of Williamite foreign policy and its legacies.' Tijdschrift voor Geschiedenis '...[A] remarkable volume...' The Seventeenth Century
Introduction, David Onnekink and Gijs Rommelse; Response to introduction: Ideology, Factions and Foreign Politics in Early Modern Europe, Robert von Friedeburg; Absolutism, ideology and English Foreign policy: The ideological context of Robert Molesworth's Account of Denmark, Steve Pincus; Partisan politics, history and the national interest (1700-1748), Gary Evans; From 'jealous emulation' to 'cautious politics'; British foreign policy and public discourse in the Mirror of ancient Athens (ca.1730 - ca.1750), Doohwan Ahn; The ideological context of the Dutch war (1672), David Onnekink; Ideologies of interests in English foreign policy during the reign of Charles II, Stephanie Jettot; Holy war and republican pacifism in the early 18th-century Commonwealth of Poland-Lithuania, Benedict Wagner-Rundell; Justifying war: churchmen and war in France and England during the Nine Years' War (1688-1697), Solange Rameix; Romeyne de Hooghe and the imagination of Dutch foreign policy, Henk van Nierop; A change of ideology in imperial Spain? Spanish commercial policy with America and the change of dynasty (1648-1740), Ana Crespo Solana; Mountains of iron and gold. Mercantilist ideology in Anglo-Dutch relations (1650-1674), Gijs Rommelse; Balancing Europe: ideas and interests in British foreign policy (c.1700 - c.1720), Andrew C. Thompson; 'To restore and preserve the liberty of Europe'. William III's ideas on foreign policy, Wout Troost; index.
Series: Politics and Culture in Europe, 1650-1750
Number Of Pages: 334
Published: 28th September 2011
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 16.51
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Type: New edition