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Writing neutrality: from the Peloponnesian War to the Cold War

Christine Agius

in The Social Construction of Swedish Neutrality

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print April 2012 | ISBN: 9780719071522
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701263 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719071522.003.0002
Writing neutrality: from the Peloponnesian War to the Cold War

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This chapter traces the development of neutrality from the Peloponnesian War to the Cold War in order to uncover the meanings and associations that became attached to the concept and practice. It examines its treatment in legal philosophy, its relationship to the rise of sovereignty, and the dominance of the realist conceptualisation of neutrality, which contained contradictory understandings of the place of the neutral state in the anarchic international system.

Keywords: Melian Dialogue; Legal philosophy; Sovereignty; League of Nations; Second World War; Cold War; United Nations; Realism

Chapter.  10767 words. 

Subjects: European Union

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