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The States System of Europe, 1640-1990 : Peacemaking and the Conditions of International Stability - Andreas Osiander

The States System of Europe, 1640-1990

Peacemaking and the Conditions of International Stability

Hardcover Published: 21st July 1994
ISBN: 9780198278870
Number Of Pages: 368

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This book provides a novel analysis of the evolution of the states system of Europe since the mid-seventeenth century. Andreas Osiander looks at the four major European peace congresses: Munster and Osnabruck (1644-8), Utrecht (1712-15), Vienna (1814-15), and Paris (1919-20) and shows how a prevailing consensus on certain structural concepts - such as the balance of power or national self-determination - has influenced the evolution of the system and determined its stability or lack of stability.
He argues that the structure of the international system is neither a given quantity nor determined primarily by conflict between international actors, but essentially the result of a general agreement expressed in `consensus principles'; these influence the identity of the international actors, their relative status, and the distribution of populations and territories between them. His approach provides a more plausible analysis of international relations and the causes of conflict than traditional theories, and he concludes his study with a review of the period since 1920 in the light of his findings.

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`Bold and wide-ranging ... Andreas Osiander offers a new approach to the understanding of his subject ... There is much in this book of interest and the central thesis is a stimulating one.' English Historical Review

General Remarksp. 1
The Peace of Westphaliap. 16
The Peace of Utrechtp. 90
The Congress ot Viennap. 166
The Peace Conference of Paris, 1919-1920p. 248
Summary and Updatep. 316
Appendix: Kissinger on the Polish-Saxon Questionp. 334
Referencesp. 337
Indexp. 344
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ISBN: 9780198278870
ISBN-10: 019827887X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 21st July 1994
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.62