Ideology and Foreign Policy in Early Modern Europe (1650–1750)

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Routledge, 13. mai 2016 - 334 sider
The years 1650 to 1750 - sandwiched between an age of 'wars of religion' and an age of 'revolutionary wars' - have often been characterized as a 'de-ideologized' period. However, the essays in this collection contend that this is a mistaken assumption. For whilst international relations during this time may lack the obvious polarization between Catholic and Protestant visible in the proceeding hundred years, or the highly charged contest between monarchies and republics of the late eighteenth century, it is forcibly argued that ideology had a fundamental part to play in this crucial transformative stage of European history. Many early modernists have paid little attention to international relations theory, often taking a 'Realist' approach that emphasizes the anarchism, materialism and power-political nature of international relations. In contrast, this volume provides alternative perspectives, viewing international relations as socially constructed and influenced by ideas, ideology and identities. Building on such theoretical developments, allows international relations after 1648 to be fundamentally reconsidered, by putting political and economic ideology firmly back into the picture. By engaging with, and building upon, recent theoretical developments, this collection treads new terrain. Not only does it integrate cultural history with high politics and foreign policy, it also engages directly with themes discussed by political scientists and international relations theorists. As such it offers a fresh, and genuinely interdisciplinary approach to this complex and fundamental period in Europe's development.
 

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Introduction
1
ideology factions and foreign politics in early modern Europe
11
the ideological context of Robert Molesworths Account of Denmark
29
2 Partisan politics history and the national interest 17001748
55
British foreign policy and public discourse in the mirror of ancient Athens ca 1730ca 1750
93
4 The ideological context of the Dutch war 1672
131
5 Ideologies of interests in English foreign policy during the reign of Charles II
145
6 Holy war and republican pacifism in the earlyeighteenthcentury Commonwealth of PolandLithuania
163
churchmen and war in France and England during the Nine Years War 16881697
181
8 Romeyn de Hooghe and the imagination of Dutch foreign policy
197
9 A change of ideology in Imperial Spain? Spanish commercial policy with America and the change of dynasty 16481740
215
mercantilist ideology in AngloDutch relations 16501674
243
ideas and interests in British foreign policy c 1700c 1720
267
William IIIs ideas on foreign policy
283
Index
305
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Om forfatteren (2016)

David Onnekink, Universiteit Utrecht, NL; and Gijs Rommelse, The Netherlands Institute of Military History, The Hague, NL.

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