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By Dr Maartje Abbenhuis

An Age of Neutrals presents a pioneering heritage of neutrality in Europe and the broader global among the Congress of Vienna and the outbreak of the 1st international conflict. The 'long' 19th century (1815-1914) used to be an period of extraordinary industrialization, imperialism and globalization; one that witnessed Europe's monetary and political hegemony internationally. Dr Maartje Abbenhuis explores the ways that neutrality strengthened those interconnected advancements. She argues passive perception of neutrality has to this point avoided historians from realizing the excessive regard with which neutrality, as a device of international relations and statecraft and as a well-liked perfect 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 foreign approach; a strong tool utilized by nice and small powers to unravel disputes, stabilize diplomacy and advertise numerous pursuits inside and outdoors the continent.

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At the level of international politics, neutrality was an oft-used, pragmatic and generally reliable foreign-policy tool used for the promotion of the national interests of great and small European states. Furthermore, it was a particularly useful tool for the Introduction 21 century’s super power, Great Britain, both in upholding and increasing its global economic and imperial power and in protecting its economic and military security at home and abroad. Because of its centrality to the international system, neutrality was also a dominant element of world society.

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. New York, Routledge, 2006, pp. 34–5. Burk, Old world, pp. 191, 242, 247–8; Savage, Policy of the United States, p. 37; J. B. Hattendorf, ‘The US Navy and the “freedom of the seas” 1775–1917’ in Hobson and Kristiansen, Navies, p.

10 Increasingly, these practices focussed on military supply and trade and were written down in treaties between states. 12 In both instances, the agreements implied that the states involved would refrain from going to war with each other or with the other’s enemies. Out of these early steps taken to regulate the conduct of non-belligerents, neutrality as an international legal concept was born. 5 7 8 9 11 6 Bauslaugh, Neutrality in Classical Greece, p. 243. Verzijl, International law, p. 46. Bauslaugh, Neutrality in Classical Greece, p.

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