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The States System of Europe, 1640–1990: Peacemaking and the Conditions of International Stability

Andreas Osiander


This book looks at the four major European peace congresses: Munster and Osnabrück (1644–1648), Utrecht (1712–1715), Vienna (1814–1815), and Paris (1919–1920) and shows how a prevailing consensus on certain structural concepts — such as the balance of power or national self-determination — has influenced the evolution of the system and determined its stability or lack of stability. It argues that the structure of the international system is neither a given quantity nor determined primarily by conflict between international actors, but essentially the result of a general agreement expressed in ... More

Keywords: European peace congresses, national self-determination, international actors, distribution of populations, territories, Munster, balance of power, Utrecht, Vienna, Paris

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1994 Print ISBN-13: 9780198278870
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198278870.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andreas Osiander, author
Humboldt-Universität, Berlin