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War and Competition between States

Philippe Contamine


In the five hundred years covered by this volume there was scarcely a year which passed without either war or some open demonstration of hostility between the many sovereign powers which governed Europe. States and peoples lived under the shadow of war, were ceaselessly prompted to consider the possibility of war, and had to find ways of dealing with the consequences of war. This book focuses on the crucial role of war in the formation of state systems. It starts from the assumption that interstate rivalries and conflicts were at the heart not only of the demarcation of territories, but also o ... More

Keywords: hostility, sovereign powers, Europe, war, state systems, interstate rivalries, conflicts, warfare

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Print publication date: 2000 Print ISBN-13: 9780198202141
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198202141.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philippe Contamine, editor
La Sorbonne, Paris

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