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

Hardcover | July 1, 1994

byAndreas Osiander

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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 (1644-48), 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-hasinfluenced 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. He concludes his study with a review of the period since 1920 in the light of hisfindings.

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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 (1644-48), Utrecht (1712-15), Vienna (1814-15), and Paris (1919-20) and shows how a prevailing consensus on certain structural concepts-such as the...

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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 co...

Andreas Osiander is a Wissenschaftlicher Assistent at Humboldt-Universitat, Berlin.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:368 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:July 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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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