Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-vii
  2. Introduction

    1. David Wetzel, Robert Jervis, Jaek S. Levy
      Pages 1-19
  3. War, Peace, and the Concert

  4. World War I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 135-135
  5. Tools of International Statecraft

  6. Trends and Implications

  7. Back Matter
    Pages 307-370

About this book


Few scholars have provided as much insight into the struggle of leaders, ideas, and policies as Paul W. Schroeder. Constantly challenging conventional views, and drawing upon a masterly command of the sources and literature, Schroeder provides new answers to old questions about international history and politics since the age of Napoleon. Were European international relations really driven by balance of power politics, or has that traditional view blinded us to an underlying normative consensus on the 'rules of the game' that frequently contributed to cooperation among the leading states in the system? Are alliances primarily a means of the aggregation of power against stronger states, or do states often use alliances as instruments of influence or control over their allies? Was World War I contingent upon a confluence of independent processes that intersected in 1914, or was it the product of more deeply-rooted and interconnected structural forces that pushed inevitably toward war? What is the role of moral judgment in historical investigation? Raising new questions and offering provocative new interpretations, Schroeder encourages historians and political scientists alike to reconsider their long-standing beliefs about the evolution and dynamics of modern diplomacy.


Austria Europe history international relations Napoleon

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Nature America Inc. 2004
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, New York
  • eBook Packages Palgrave History Collection
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4039-6358-1
  • Online ISBN 978-1-137-06138-6
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