Systems, Stability, and Statecraft : Essays on the International History of Modern Europe

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  • Copyright: 2004-09-04
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
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Few scholars have provided as much insight into the struggle of leaders, ideas, and policies as Paul W. Schroeder. Constantly challenging conventional views, and drawing upon a masterly command of the sources and literature, Schroeder provides new answers to old questions about international history and politics since the age of Napoleon. Were European international relations really driven by balance of power politics, or has that traditional view blinded us to an underlying normative consensus on the "rules of the game" that frequently contributed to cooperation among the leading states in the system? Are alliances primarily a means of the aggregation of power against stronger states, or do states often use alliances as instruments of influence or control over their allies? Was World War I contingent upon a confluence of independent processes that intersected in 1914, or was it the product of more deeply-rooted and interconnected structural forces that pushed inevitably toward war? What is the role of moral judgment in historical investigation? Raising new questions and offering provocative new interpretations, Schroeder encourages historians and political scientists alike to reconsider their long-standing beliefs about the evolution and dynamics of modern diplomacy.

Author Biography

Paul W. Schroeder is Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at the University of Illinois.

David Wetzel lectures in late modern European history at the University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Jervis is Professor of Political Science, Columbia University.

Jack S. Levy is Professor of Political Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment vii
Introduction 1(20)
David Wetzel
Robert Jervis
Jack S. Levy
I War, Peace, and the Concert
Napoleon's Foreign Policy: A Criminal Enterprise
Did the Vienna Settlement Rest on a Balance of Power?
Bruck Versus Buol: The Dispute Over Austrian Eastern Policy, 1853--55
The Lost Intermediaries: The Impact of 1870 on the European System
Gladstone as Bismarck
Containment Nineteenth Century Style: How Russia was Restrained
II World War I
World War I as Galloping Gertie: A Reply to Joachim Remak
Embedded Counterfactuals and World War I as an Unavoidable War
III Tools of International Statecraft
Alliances, 1815--1945: Weapons of Power and Tools of Management
The Nineteenth Century System: Balance of Power or Political Equilibrium?
IV Trends and Implications
The Cold War and Its Ending in ``Long-Duration'' International History
Does the History of International Politics Go Anywhere?
International History: Why Historians Do It Differently than Political Scientists
The Mirage of Empire Versus the Promise of Hegemony
Publications of Paul W. Schroeder 307(4)
Notes 311(54)
Index 365

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