Against War and Empire: Geneva, Britain, and France in the Eighteenth Century

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Yale University Press
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6.0 X 9.3 X 1.3 inches | 1.72 pounds

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About the Author

Richard Whatmore is professor of intellectual history and the history of political thought at the University of Sussex.

"Against War and Empire offers a distinguished contribution to the history of modern political thought, rich in its erudition and masterful in its insights. The central challenge facing the celebrated advocates of liberty and reform Whatmore examines in this book remains timely and urgent today: how to preserve the freedom and welfare of small states in a political world dominated by major powers with global reach and imperial ambitions."--David Lieberman, University of California, Berkeley--David Lieberman

"The fate of small states in a world of competing commercial hegemons is a contemporary quandary with Enlightenment roots. Richard Whatmore's deeply researched, tightly written study shows that a surprising number of those roots sprang from Geneva. Scholars of political thought, international relations and the rise and fall of empires in the late eighteenth century will all have to take account of this masterful book."--David Armitage, Harvard University--David Armitage

"Whatmore expertly narrates the attempts of Genevan radicals to transform European power politics and, in so doing, offers fascinating insights into Rousseau's Genevan and democratic credentials, emphasizing his relative conservatism and heterodoxy when compared to his Genevan friends and followers."--Helena Rosenblatt, The Graduate Center, City University of New York--Helena Rosenblatt
"Whatmore uncovers the considerable European intellectual impact of a small group of eighteenth-century Genevan reformers, who called themselves the Représentants. . . . In telling their story Whatmore reveals how political Adam Smith's political economy became in the final decades of the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth century."--Philippe Steiner, Paris-Sorbonne University--Philippe Steiner