An Age of Neutrals: Great Power Politics, 1815-1914 by Dr Maartje Abbenhuis

By Dr Maartje Abbenhuis

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

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As James Sofka convincingly argues, American claims to neutrality in the late eighteenth century looked more to 53 54 55 Wright, ‘Present status’, p. 409, fn 90. For the origins of the War of 1812: K. Caffrey, The lion and the unicorn. The Anglo-American war 1812–1815. London, Andre Deutsch, 1978; Burk, Old world, pp. 212–21. For the economic nature of the War of 1812: W. G. Dudley, ‘The flawed British blockade, 1812–15’ in B. A. Elleman, S. C. M. Paine, eds, Naval blockades and seapower. Strategies and counterstrategies 1805–2005.

Also: G. S. Ford, Hanover and Prussia 1795–1803. A study in neutrality. New York, Columbia University Press, 1903; Ragsdale, ‘Russian foreign policy’, p. 517. Ragsdale, ‘Russian foreign policy’, p. 519; Feldbaek, ‘Dutch Batavia’, p. 74. Also: B. Semmel, Liberalism and naval strategy. Ideology, interest, and sea power during the Pax Britannica. Boston, Allen & Unwin, pp. 20–1. 34 An Age of Neutrals in 1803, Britain feared a further French invasion of Denmark. In a preemptive attack to ward off this development, Britain sent its navy back to Copenhagen to lay siege to the city in 1807.

203–16). B. Ranft, ‘Restraints on war at sea before 1945’ in M. , Restraints on war. Oxford University Press, 1979, p. 43. 30 An Age of Neutrals to war with all of the courts under whose flags they sailed. 36 While these successes were important, the League was fatal to the neutral Dutch. The United Provinces’ membership in the League was the final incentive that the British crown needed to declare war on the Dutch, whose merchants had taken over a sizeable proportion of French and American trade in the West Indies and on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.

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