The Transformation of European Politics 1763-1848 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)

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9780198206545: The Transformation of European Politics 1763-1848 (Oxford History of Modern Europe)

This is the only modern study of European international politics to cover the entire timespan from 1763 to 1848. Paul Schroeder's comprehensive and authoritative volume charts the course of international history over this turbulent period, in which the map of Europe was redrawn time and time again. He examines the wars, political crises, and diplomatic opportunities of the age, many of which--the Revolutionary and Napoleonic Wars, the Congress of Vienna and its aftermath--had far-reaching consequences for modern Europe. This book is a worthy complement to A. J. P. Taylor's classic The Struggle for Mastery in Europe 1848-1918

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This is the only modern study of European international politics to cover the entire timespan from the end of the Seven Years' War in 1763 to the revolutionary year of 1848. Besides offering a comprehensive and authoritative account of this era's many wars, crises, and diplomatic developments, it reveals its unifying theme; the collapse of the eighteenth-century international system in a generation of great systemic wars from 1787 to 1812, the painful construction of a new international system from 1813 to 1815, and the successful operation of that system, giving Europe its most peaceful, progressive era of international politics ever. In a major reinterpretation of the structure and operation of the international system Professor Schroeder rejects most of the standard explanations for the failure of the earlier coalitions against Revolutionary and Napoleonic France, the success of the final one, and the durability of the Vienna Settlement. The secret of durable peace was not, he argues, military victory, the restoration of monarchical authority and a balance of power, and the fear of renewed revolution. It was instead the abandonment of competitive eighteenth-century balance-of-power politics in favour of a new political equilibrium, a balance of rights, security, and satisfactions, based upon a genuine, European-wide consensus on the meaning of peace and the kinds of rules and practices needed to sustain it. Thus the story of the transformation of European politics in this era offers insights and hope also for international politics today.

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Paul Schroeder is author of The Axis Alliance and Japanese-American Relations 1941 (Cornell University Press, 1958), Metternich's Diplomacy at its Zenith 1820-1823 (University of Texas Press, 1962; pbk 1976), and Austria, Great Britain, and the Crimean War: The Destruction of the European Concert (Cornell University Press, 1972). He is on the editorial board of, amongst others, International History Review, and American Historical Review, and was elected Peace Fellow by the United States Institute of Peace in 1992.

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Editore: Oxford University Press (1996)
ISBN 10: 0198206542 ISBN 13: 9780198206545
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1996. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110198206542

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