Archive for the 'Chapter 20: The Consolidation of Nation States' Category

Pan-European Article

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

This article I found interesting due to the similarities between the EU and Cromwell’s ideology of nations in agreement with one another. This article also touches upon the debate if Turkey and the Ukraine are technically considered Europe. Enjoy! Council of Europe: time for Pan-European consolidation by MURAT DAOUDOV* The election of Turkey’s Mevlüt Çavusoğlu […]

European Consolidation in the 17th and 18th centuries

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The seven provinces that became the United Provinces of the Netherlands emerged as a nation after revolting against Spain in 1572. The United Provinces supported religious toleration and republican government. The constitutional crisis in England that followed Elizabeth’s reign and continued until the end of the seventeenth century had a lasting impact on Western political […]

Comic Map of Europe in 1870

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

*More on the ‘Carte drôlatique d’Europe pour 1870‘ “Satirical political cartoon map of Europe showing countries personified in caricature and alluding to the tensions that finally erupted as the Franco-Prussian War in July 1870.  In the center, a buffoonish Prussia interacts with its suspicious neighbors.  England is depicted as an old woman holding its dog, […]

‘Carte drôlatique d’Europe pour 1870‘

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

“All was not well in Europe in 1870, the year the Franco-Prussian war would lead to a united German Empire and a humiliated France; one could call it the first of three European civil wars, the other two being World Wars One and Two. This French satirical cartoon map (‘Carte drôlatique d’Europe pour 1870‘) sought […]

Bismarck Cartoons

Sunday, April 4th, 2010

A few interesting political cartoons of Otto von Bismarck. “Bismarck in control of the three emperors” “The Giant German Ogre”: This is obviously of French origin. It represented the tension between the French and the German at the time. (Franco-Prussian War) Enjoy!

May 22-28: Realpolitik Wins; Europe Shies Away From Rwandan Slaughter

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

I came across this article on the databases here at UMW when doing some research for my IR paper. It relates Realpolitik, the politics von Bismarck practiced, with the Rwandan genocide in 1994. Enjoy! “The tragedy unfolding in Rwanda has shaken Europeans just as it has shaken people around the world. But although the mass […]

Ch. 20 – Durability of the Third French Republic Tested

Friday, February 5th, 2010

During the 1890’s and early 1900’s the Third French Republic was severely tested by a political scandal that split the nation.  The integrity of the French justice system was tested and and failed.  Captain Alfred Dreyfus was accused, and wrongly convicted of selling French military secrets to the Germans.  Dreyfus pleaded for a public trial, […]