The Great Powers and the European States System, 1815-1914

The Great Powers and the European States System, 1815-1914

The Great Powers and the European States System, 1815-1914

The Great Powers and the European States System, 1815-1914

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As teachers of international history we think that a short survey of the relations of the European great powers from the defeat of Napoleon to the outbreak of the First World War would be useful. We have not sought to provide a detailed narrative, rather we have concentrated on the following questions: what rules were observed by the powers in their relations with each other?; what circumstances best suited their observance?; under what conditions were these rules modified and for what reasons did they occasionally break down?

In the preparation of this book we have secured much help and guidance particularly from Maureen Hastie, Derek McKay, Hugh Purse, Felicity Strong and Keith Wilson. A number of international history students at Leeds and London provided invaluable criticism. We would also like to record that over the years we have both derived great benefit from the seminars in nineteenth-century international history held at the Institute of Historical Research by W. N. Medlicott, James Joll and Kenneth Bourne.

F. R. BRIDGE ROGER BULLEN

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