The Idea of the Balance

  • Evan Luard


A dominant preoccupation in the international society with which we are concerned in this book, strongly influencing the beliefs that were held about the way relations among its members should be conducted, was the idea of the “balance of power”.


Fifteenth Century United Province European Politics International Lawyer Henry VIII 
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Contemporary works

  1. Lord Brougham, The Balance of Power (1803) (London, 1857).Google Scholar
  2. Charles Davenant, Essays upon the Balance of Power (London, 1701).Google Scholar
  3. Daniel Defoe, The Balance of Europe (London, 1711).Google Scholar
  4. Francois de S. de la M. Fénelon, Two Essays on the Balance of Europe, English trs. (London, 1720).Google Scholar
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Modern works

  1. M. S. Anderson, “Eighteenth-Century Theories of the Balance of Power”, in R. Hatton and M. S. Anderson (eds), Studies in Diplomatic History (London, 1970).Google Scholar
  2. H. Butterfield and M. Wight, Diplomatic Investigations (London, 1966) chs 6 and 7.Google Scholar
  3. C. Dupuis, Le Principe de l’equilibre et le concert européen depuis le traité de Westphalie (Paris, 1909).Google Scholar
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  5. E. W. Gulick, Europe’s Classical Balance of Power (Ithaca, N.Y., 1955).Google Scholar
  6. G. Zeller, “Le Principe d’equilibre dans la politique internationale avant 1789”, Revue Historique, vol. ccxv (1956) pp. 25–37.Google Scholar

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© the estate of Evan Luard 1992

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