TITLE

POINT: THE WESTPHALIA LEGACY AND THE MODERN NATION-STATE

AUTHOR(S)
Farr, Jason
PUB. DATE
June 2005
SOURCE
International Social Science Review;2005, Vol. 80 Issue 3/4, p156
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The article focuses on the role of the treaty of Westphalia in shaping nation-state sovereignty in Germany. Ending the Thirty Years' War in 1648, the Peace of Westphalia is often viewed as the progenitor of modern nation-state sovereignty. The war completed the decline of the Habsburg Empire which had already lost power in Western Europe following the revolt in the Netherlands and the defeat of the Spanish Armada. The end of Habsburg dominance altered the balance of power in Europe. Consequently, most scholars view 1648 as a turning point in history and international relations marking the transition from feudal principalities to sovereign states. The Westphalian system is thus viewed as the foundation for understanding modern international relations.
ACCESSION #
19364107

Tags: TREATIES;  SOVEREIGNTY (Political science);  NATION-state;  HOME rule;  NATIONALISM

 

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