Against War and Empire (The Lewis Walpole Series in by Richard Whatmore

International Affairs

By Richard Whatmore

As Britain and France turned extra robust in the course of the eighteenth century, small states reminiscent of Geneva may well not stand militarily opposed to those advertisement monarchies. moreover, many Genevans felt that they have been being drawn right into a corrupt advertisement international ruled by means of amoral aristocrats devoted to the unprincipled pursuit of wealth. during this booklet Richard Whatmore offers an highbrow background of republicans who strove to make sure Geneva’s survival as an autonomous kingdom. Whatmore exhibits how the Genevan republicans grappled with the information of Rousseau, Voltaire, Bentham, and others in trying to make smooth Europe secure for small states, by way of vanquishing the threats provided through warfare and through empire. The Genevan try to moralize the economic global, and align nationwide self-interest with perpetual peace and the abandonment of empire, had implications for the French Revolution, the British Empire, and the identification of contemporary Europe.

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