By Richard Whatmore
As Britain and France grew to become extra strong throughout the eighteenth century, small states resembling Geneva may possibly not stand militarily opposed to those advertisement monarchies. in addition, many Genevans felt that they have been being drawn right into a corrupt advertisement global ruled by means of amoral aristocrats devoted to the unprincipled pursuit of wealth. during this publication Richard Whatmore offers an highbrow historical past of republicans who strove to make sure Geneva’s survival as an self sustaining kingdom. Whatmore indicates how the Genevan republicans grappled with the information of Rousseau, Voltaire, Bentham, and others in looking to make glossy Europe secure for small states, by way of vanquishing the threats provided by way of warfare and via empire. The Genevan try to moralize the industrial international, and align nationwide self-interest with perpetual peace and the abandonment of empire, had implications for the French Revolution, the British Empire, and the identification of recent Europe.
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Against War and Empire (The Lewis Walpole Series in Eighteenth-C) by Richard Whatmore