Prusso-German state-formation and the international system: between geopolitical competition and social conflict

Teschke, Benno (2007) Prusso-German state-formation and the international system: between geopolitical competition and social conflict. International Organization/Review of International Studies. ISSN 0020-8183

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Abstract

This paper seeks to reconstruct the trajectory and dynamics of Prusso-German state-formation in the force-field of geopolitical competition and the rise of capitalism in 19th Century Europe, developed as a critical intervention in International Relations (IR) Theory and Historical Sociology. The assumption is that the ?primacy of foreign policy? and the ?military origins of German state-formation? theses have to be re-interpreted by situating the German case in a wider geopolitical environment in which capitalist England and revolutionary France exerted modernisation pressures within a multilaterally managed pentarchical states-system (?Concert of Europe?). This forced German state-elites to maintain the international position of Prussia-Germany by introducing capitalism and processes of state-rationalisation in a chronologically sequenced and geographically uneven process through a series of ?revolutions from above? in order to consolidate a tax-basis that would finance military competitiveness. The paper concludes by drawing out the implications of the Prusso-German case for IR Theory, Historical Sociology and the debate on the origins, development, and expansion of the modern system of states.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: School of Global Studies > International Relations
Depositing User: Benno Teschke
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 15:29
Last Modified: 25 Jul 2012 09:18
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/12708
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