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By Dr Maartje Abbenhuis

An Age of Neutrals offers a pioneering heritage of neutrality in Europe and the broader international among the Congress of Vienna and the outbreak of the 1st global struggle. The 'long' 19th century (1815-1914) used to be an period of exceptional industrialization, imperialism and globalization; one that witnessed Europe's financial and political hegemony internationally. Dr Maartje Abbenhuis explores the ways that neutrality bolstered those interconnected advancements. She argues passive notion of neutrality has so far avoided historians from figuring out the excessive regard with which neutrality, as a device of international relations and statecraft and as a favored excellent with a number of purposes, was once held. This compelling new heritage exposes neutrality as a colourful and crucial a part of the nineteenth-century overseas method; a robust tool utilized by nice and small powers to resolve disputes, stabilize diplomacy and advertise quite a few pursuits inside and out of doors the continent.

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Cf J. B. Hattendorf, ‘Maritime conflict’ in M. Howard, G. G. Andreopoulus, M. R. Shulman, eds, The laws of war. Constraints on warfare in the western world. New Haven, CT, Yale University Press, 1994, pp. 98–115; C. Jacob, Maritime neutrality to 1780. A history of the main principles governing neutrality and belligerency to 1780. Boston, Little Brown, 1936. For examples: R. Pares, Colonial blockade and neutral rights 1739–1763. Oxford, Clarendon Press, 1938. Verzijl, International law, p. 13; Craig, War, pp.

161–2. For Dutch neutrality: Welling, The prize; A. C. Carter, Neutrality or commitment. The evolution of Dutch foreign policy, 1667–1795. London, Edward Arnold, 1975; Stapelbroek, ‘The emergence’. For Sweden: H. A. Barton, ‘Sweden and the War of American Independence’, William and Mary Quarterly 23, 3, 1966, pp. 408–30. , War, trade. Stephen C. Neff, Friends but no allies. Economic liberalism and the law of nations. New York, Columbia University Press, 1990, pp. 33–5; A. C. Carter, ‘The Dutch as neutrals in the Seven Years’ War’, International and Comparative Law Quarterly 12, 3, July 1963, p.

N. Ryan, ‘The causes of the British attack upon Copenhagen in 1807’, English Historical Review 68, 266, January 1953, pp. 37–55; J. H. Rose, ‘Canning and Denmark in 1807’, English Historical Review 11, 41, January 1896, pp. 82–92; C. J. Kulsrud, ‘The seizure of the Danish fleet, 1807’, American Journal of International Law 32, 2, April 1938, pp. 280–311. Neff, Rights and duties, p. 83. Burk, Old world, p. 221. Also: J. ’, Review of International Studies 26, 2000, pp. 616–18. Cf Semmel, Liberalism, pp.

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