International Relations in Europe: 1689-1789 explores international relations in Europe during the 18th century. It's concern is not only with the complexity of relationships which characterixed that period, but also with the changing criteria upon which such relationships were based. In place of the key concept of dynasticism which had dominated the earlier period, ideas of collective security and reason of state began to influence the thinking and actions of rulers and their ministers. The emerging amorality of international relations was epitomized in the partitions of Poland during the last third of the 18th century, and Poland's subsequent disappearance from the map of Europe. These new attitudes were carried over into the dawning age of nationalism.
Complete with an extensive glossary of battles, treaties and alliances, International Relations in Europe: 1689-1789 provides a concise analysis of a very complex set of issues--issues which readers will recognize are still highly relevant in the modern world.
J.H. Shennan is Professor of European History at the University of Lancaster.