Lecture 5 International Political System

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Lecture 5 International Political System I. Defining the International System: 1. system: “A group of interacting, interrelated, or interdependent elements forming a complex whole” have identifiable interactions/ 2. two characteristics: 1) a discernible structure 2) regular patterns of interaction among its component parts 3. International (political) system: the structure and patterns of interaction among world political actors most international interaction is anarchy II. The Evolution of International System 1. Traditional European System: Multipolar system (1648-1914) 1) International System = European system Thirty Years of War (1618-48) and the Peace of Westphalia (which established state sovereignty and international law as the foundation of the modern international system). Balance of power - as a set-up, monarchs made treaties and alliances with other monarchs to counterbalance a potentially dominant power; nation-states / five power states: France, Britian, Austria-Hungry, Prussia, Russia, Italy, Ottoman Empire - as a theory, it predicts that nations of approximately equal strength will seek to maintain the status quo by preventing any one nation from gaining superiority over the others - as a state of equilibrium, no nation or group of nations is able to dominate others Concert of Europe and Hundred Years of Peace (1815-1914)
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