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‘Too Good To Be True?’ European Hopes For Neutrality Before 1914

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This chapter argues that judging neutrality as a naïve and fl awed foreign policy option in the context of the two world wars misses the point about the relevance of neutrality in nineteenth- and early twentieth-century Europe. Within the international system created and sustained by the great powers in the nineteenth century, neutrality played a vital role as it helped to protect not only the balance of power in Europe but also the idea that it was in the best interest of the entire continent that wars between European states should remain limited aff airs. The chapter refocuses some of the traditional ways of analysing state behaviour in the century or so from the Congress of Vienna to the outbreak of the First World War and to re-centre neutrality within these events. The focus is on neutrality and its application throughout Europe in the period 1815 to 1914.

Keywords: Congress of Vienna; European; neutrality; state behaviour



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