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BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI Richard - Geopolitics and Diplomacy in Europe: from Constantinople to Rome (20h)

This course will examine consider long-term relationships between states, with especial attention to their geopolitical priorities and the techniques and culture of diplomacy, in the period from the fall of Constantinople to the Ottomans in 1453 to the Treaty of Rome in 1957. It will survey the fall and rise of the major European powers considering their locations, their ideologies, and their harnessing of economic and demographic potential, as well as the relationships between Innenpolitik and Aussenpolitik. In particular, it will compare claims that the Peace of Westphalia of 1648 inaugurated an era of ‘sovereignty’ in interstate relations, lasting until the 1950s, with the role played in this respect by the French revolutionary wars. It will feature a simulation game of the Congress of Vienna in 1814-15, which is sometimes credited with establishing a system of collective security for Europe. // ECTS Card

Professor: Richard BUTTERWICK-PAWLIKOWSKI