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

By Dr Maartje Abbenhuis

An Age of Neutrals presents a pioneering heritage of neutrality in Europe and the broader international among the Congress of Vienna and the outbreak of the 1st international warfare. The 'long' 19th century (1815-1914) was once an period of unparalleled industrialization, imperialism and globalization; one that witnessed Europe's monetary and political hegemony the world over. Dr Maartje Abbenhuis explores the ways that neutrality bolstered those interconnected advancements. She argues passive notion of neutrality has so far avoided historians from realizing the excessive regard with which neutrality, as a device of international relations and statecraft and as a favored excellent with a variety of purposes, was once held. This compelling new heritage exposes neutrality as a colourful and crucial a part of the nineteenth-century overseas procedure; a strong software utilized by nice and small powers to unravel disputes, stabilize diplomacy and advertise various pursuits inside and outdoors the continent.

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I shall not . . 41 By 1805, when the reputation of neutrals in Britain was at its lowest point, a London lawyer published an immensely popular pamphlet entitled War in disguise. Or the frauds of neutral flags, in which he proclaimed that neutrals were aiding the enemy French in sustaining the war by illegally supplying them with war materials. He also chastised the neutrals for becoming extraordinarily wealthy in the process. 42 After the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, which gave Britain clear naval supremacy over the French in the Atlantic, the position of neutrals became more precarious.

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