''The book dissects the 'long nineteenth century', which straggled from the fall of Napoleon to the outbreak of the First World War. Its vantage point is foreign relations, and Bridge detects three distinct phases in this long century.''
Geoffrey Wawro, University of North Texas, USA
'[This book] has the hallmarks of success stamped through it: breadth of scope, incisive analysis and a lightness of touch in the writing.'
Professor John Keiger, University of Salford, UK
'This is a model of a good history book. It is very well written with a sharp analysis interwoven into the detailed narrative. It is also very accessible, with chapters broken down into distinct sections with a very good index which includes a separate section for key individuals.'
New Perspective - For History Students
'Solid and up-to-date in scholarship, clearly and engagingly written, factually accurate and comprehensive.Anything but a stale re-hashing of the old, well-worn facts about European diplomacy and wars. It is rather an interesting, skilfully woven account and analysis of political strategies and tactics over a whole rich century, full of penetrating judgments and insights and studied with apt quotations from original sources. The first requirement for understanding the nineteenth-century European International system, the history of which is still relevant today, remains knowing in reasonably concrete detail what actually happened and how the international game was played.'
Paul W Schroeder - University of Illinois, USA
From the Back Cover
'This book has the hallmarks of success stamped through it: breadth of scope, incisive analysis and a lightness of touch in the writing.'
Professor John Keiger, University of Salford
`The Great Powers and the European State System, 1814-1914’ is a full analytical narrative of the functioning of the European states system over the nineteenth century between the fall of Napoleon in 1814 and the outbreak of the First World War just one hundred years later.
It examines the variety of devices, manoeuvres and feats of statesmanship by means of which decision-makers managed the interplay of their interests, common and conflicting –including the dangerous Eastern Question– without exposing Europe to the catastrophe of a general conflagration:
- systems of active co-operation, such as the ‘Congress system’ or the Concert of Europe
- periods of ‘international anarchy’ in which, if wars were endemic they were at least limited
- the stabilizing effects of the predominance of conservative status quo Powers in the Bismarckian era
- the dangerously polarised system that emerged on the eve of the First World War.
At nearly double the length of the first edition, this book is a very major revision and update. It includes not only the results of the latest research, but a body of additional information and a number of illuminating maps that will make the subject even more accessible to readers.
F.R. Bridge is Emeritus Professor of Diplomatic History, University of Leeds. His many publications include `The Habsburg Monarchy Among the Great Powers, 1815-1918’ (1990).
The late Roger Bullen was Senior Lecturer in International History at the London School of Economics and Political Science.