By Dr Maartje Abbenhuis

An Age of Neutrals presents a pioneering historical past of neutrality in Europe and the broader global among the Congress of Vienna and the outbreak of the 1st global struggle. The 'long' 19th century (1815-1914) was once an period of remarkable industrialization, imperialism and globalization; one that witnessed Europe's financial and political hegemony internationally. Dr Maartje Abbenhuis explores the ways that neutrality strengthened those interconnected advancements. She argues passive notion of neutrality has to date avoided historians from knowing the excessive regard with which neutrality, as a device of international relations and statecraft and as a favored perfect with a number of purposes, was once held. This compelling new heritage exposes neutrality as a colourful and crucial a part of the nineteenth-century foreign process; a robust software utilized by nice and small powers to unravel disputes, stabilize diplomacy and advertise a number of pursuits inside and outdoors the continent.

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Pp. 42–6. C. H. Stockton, ‘The Declaration of Paris’, American Journal of International Law 14, 1920, p. 357. Cf N. A. Lambert, Planning for Armageddon. British economic warfare and the First World War. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2012, pp. 4–5. 20 An Age of Neutrals of the nineteenth century were no longer viable. Significantly, the war years also spelled the beginning of the end of Europe’s global imperial network. This book charts the contours of neutrality’s functions and roles in European affairs between the collapse of Napoleonic France in 1815 and the start of the First World War in 1914.

As a result, the nineteenth century was an era of limited war, book-ended by the global and total conflagrations of the Napoleonic and 72 Coogan, End of neutrality. Introduction 19 First World Wars. By its very nature, the era of limited warfare was also an age of neutrals. By avoiding going to war in Europe, the great (and not so great) powers could focus their attention outside the Continent on the formal and informal expansion of their influence. The nineteenth century was also an era of globalisation, industrialisation and imperialism, and it witnessed an unprecedented migration of European peoples, goods and ideas around the world.

7. Carter, ‘The Dutch as neutrals’, p. 819; Neff, Rights and duties, pp. 44–52. On Emerich de Vattel, Le droit des gens ou principes de la loi naturelle (1758): E. Maxey, ‘Growth of neutral rights and duties’, The American Lawyer 55, 1906, p. 56. Also: the excellent collection on maritime neutrality edited by Antonella Alimento, War, trade, and espe¨ cially Eric Schnakenbourg, ‘From a right of war to right of peace: Martin Hubner’s contribution to the reflection on neutrality in the eighteenth century’ in the same (pp.

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