Struggles for Individual Rights and the Expansion of the International System

  title={Struggles for Individual Rights and the Expansion of the International System},
  author={Christian Reus-Smit},
  journal={International Organization},
  pages={207 - 242}
Abstract We live today in the world's first universal, multicultural, and multiregional system of sovereign states. Five centuries ago, emergent sovereign states were confined to Europe and contained within the bounds of Latin Christendom. Through five great waves of expansion this nascent European system globalized. The Westphalian settlement, the independence of Latin America, the Versailles settlement, post-1945 decolonization, and the collapse of the Soviet Union each brought a host of new… 
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