040208 - 4/2/08 International order: stable recurring...

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4/2/08 International order: stable recurring pattern of relations System An aggregation of units that interact Components: The units (states) 17 th century (treaty of Westphalia 1648) Ruler had right to determine religion, then all aspects of life Efficient, powerful, “war-making machines”, bureaucracy (taxes, budget, often war) Standing army, mobilized whenever Political units Becoming a state: Recognized internationally – UN 192 last state to join Montenegro (split off from Serbia) Historically Larger units: Felt like diff political communities Duchies City-States Athens, Venice, Sparta, Monaco, Andorra Principalities New actors in modern: int’l institutions like UN, NATO, EU, corporations, ethnic groups that belong to many states, int’l terrorist networks Relative power Currency of international relations Types of power:
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- Military: size, tech, organization (efficient) – ideally combo of all three, though this is rare in history o 19 th c British most powerful navy, but France had stronger land army o WWII – Germany best technology & organization, but not size, so lost against
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