When Right Makes Might: How Prussia Overturned the European Balance of Power

  title={When Right Makes Might: How Prussia Overturned the European Balance of Power},
  author={Stacie E. Goddard},
  journal={International Security},
  • S. Goddard
  • Published 1 January 2009
  • Political Science
  • International Security
From 1864 to 1871, Prussia mounted a series of wars that fundamentally altered the balance of power in Europe. Yet no coalition emerged to check Prussia's rise. Rather than balance against Prussian expansion, the great powers sat on the sidelines and allowed the transformation of European politics. Traditionally, scholars have emphasized structural variables, such as mulitpolarity, or domestic politics as the cause of this underbalancing. It was Prussia's legitimation strategies, howeverthe way… 

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