Lecture 8 modern state outline

Lecture 8 modern state outline - D. The rise of the modern...

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Government 40 Lecture 8: The Rise of the Modern European State System I. Introduction A. Recall the logic of Thucydides: “war is a stern teacher.” B. Universal empire, or desolation. Both have occurred. C. But not in Europe. Why? sovereignty, raison d’etat or the idea of the national interest, and the balance of power. II. Sovereignty A. Definition: a sovereign political entity is one in which one authority has an internal monopoly on the means of organized violence, and which is able to defend its territorial frontier or boundaries to prevent external interference in the tactivities of the people who live within those boundaries. B. How big can a sovereign state be? C. The pre-modern European state system
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Unformatted text preview: D. The rise of the modern European system: How did Europe escape from this violent anarchy? III. Raison d’etat A. The 30 Years war and the idea of state religions B. Richelieu and raison d’etat. IV. Balancing and the Modern European State System A. External balancing and internal balancing. B. Limited wars V. Conclusion: The establishment of higher levels of sovereignty, raison d’etat and balancing behavior created a European state system instead of a European empire, and one that avoided the wars of all against all that had characterized the preceding period. But this system did not last. The rise of modern nationalism and the near conquest of Europe by Napoleon....
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