Systems, Stability, And Statecraft

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Any study of the evolution of modern Europe must place at center stage the perpetually contentious relations among the multitude of states seeking to enhance their security and expand their influence. Few scholars have provided as much insight into the European struggle of leaders, ideas, and policies as Paul W. Schroeder. Constantly challenging conventional views, and drawing upon a masterly command of the sources and literature, Schroeder provides new answers to old questions about international history and ...
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Overview

Any study of the evolution of modern Europe must place at center stage the perpetually contentious relations among the multitude of states seeking to enhance their security and expand their influence. Few scholars have provided as much insight into the European struggle of leaders, ideas, and policies as Paul W. Schroeder. Constantly challenging conventional views, and drawing upon a masterly command of the sources and literature, Schroeder provides new answers to old questions about international history and politics since the age of Napoleon. Offering provocative new interpretations, Schroeder forces historians and political scientists alike to reconsider their long-standing beliefs about the evolution and dynamics of modern diplomacy.
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"This invaluable collection of brilliant essays by the greatest international historian of our age is essential reading for all interested in international history and politics."—T.C.W. Blanning, University of Cambridge

"These essays are provocative, wonderfully written, drawing on an unrivalled storehouse of historical knowledge and bridging history and social science. Agree or disagree with them, they evoke unstinting admiration. Paul Schroeder is a national scholarly treasure."—Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College

"Paul Schroeder is perhaps the most important living North American historian of European diplomacy. His reflections on theory and history are unsurpassed; they have challenged conventional interpretations and have provided original insights about the deeper forces underlying world politics. Scholars and students of history and political science will find in this collection the best of Schroeder's articles from the famous 'Galloping Gertie' thesis and his work on the balance of power and the Vienna Settlement to his most recent essay on counterfactuals and World War I. No college or personal library with a focus on international relations should be without it."—John Vasquez, Picker Chair in International Relations, Colgate University

“Paul Schroeder's scholarship provocatively re-examines the critical assumptions and decisions that have preserved peace or squandered it from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Reading Schroeder's work is like playing chess against a grand master who, even as he inexorably moves to defeat you, patiently explains why each of your moves has been deficient. These essays will be fundamental for historians and theorists alike, and invaluable for teaching in the field.”—Charles S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781403963574
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 9/1/2004
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul W. Schroeder is Professor Emeritus of History and Political Science at the University of Illinois.

David Wetzel lectures in late modern European history at the University of California, Berkeley.

Robert Jervis is Professor of Political Science, Columbia University.

Jack S. Levy is Professor of Political Science, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Napoleon's foreign policy : a criminal enterprise 23
2 Did the Vienna settlement rest on a balance of power? 37
3 Bruck versus Buol : the dispute over Austrian eastern policy, 1853-55 59
4 The lost intermediaries : the impact of 1870 on the European system 77
5 Gladstone as Bismarck 97
6 Containment nineteenth century style : how Russia was restrained 121
7 World War I as Galloping Gertie : a reply to Joachim Remak 137
8 Embedded counterfactuals and World War I as an unavoidable war 157
9 Alliances, 1815-1945 : weapons of power and tools of management 195
10 The nineteenth century system : balance of power or political equilibrium? 223
11 The Cold War and its ending in "long-duration" international history 245
12 Does the history of international politics go anywhere? 267
13 International history : why historians do it differently than political scientists 285
14 The mirage of empire versus the promise of hegemony 297
Publications of Paul W. Schroeder 307
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"This invaluable collection of brilliant essays by the greatest international historian of our age is essential reading for all interested in international history and politics."--T.C.W. Blanning, University of Cambridge

"These essays are provocative, wonderfully written, drawing on an unrivalled storehouse of historical knowledge and bridging history and social science. Agree or disagree with them, they evoke unstinting admiration. Paul Schroeder is a national scholarly treasure."--Richard Ned Lebow, Dartmouth College

"Paul Schroeder is perhaps the most important living North American historian of European diplomacy. His reflections on theory and history are unsurpassed; they have challenged conventional interpretations and have provided original insights about the deeper forces underlying world politics. Scholars and students of history and political science will find in this collection the best of Schroeder's articles from the famous 'Galloping Gertie' thesis and his work on the balance of power and the Vienna Settlement to his most recent essay on counterfactuals and World War I. No college or personal library with a focus on international relations should be without it."--John Vasquez, Picker Chair in International Relations, Colgate University

“Paul Schroeder's scholarship provocatively re-examines the critical assumptions and decisions that have preserved peace or squandered it from the mid-eighteenth century to the present. Reading Schroeder's work is like playing chess against a grand master who, even as he inexorably moves to defeat you, patiently explains why each of your moves has been deficient. These essays will be fundamental for historiansand theorists alike, and invaluable for teaching in the field.”--Charles S. Maier, Leverett Saltonstall Professor of History, Harvard University
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