The Religious Roots of Modern International Relations

  title={The Religious Roots of Modern International Relations},
  author={Daniel Philpott},
  journal={World Politics},
  pages={206 - 245}
  • Daniel Philpott
  • Published 2000
  • Sociology
  • World Politics
  • The Protestant Reformation was a crucial spring of modern international relations. Had it never occurred, a system of sovereign states would not have arrived, at least not in the form or at the time that it did at the Peace of Westphalia. This is the counterfactual the author seeks to sustain. He first advances an elaborated but qualified defense of the conventional wisdom that Westphalia is the origin of modern international relations. He then accounts for how Protestant ideas exerted… CONTINUE READING

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