By Richard Whatmore
As Britain and France turned extra robust through the eighteenth century, small states akin to Geneva may well now not stand militarily opposed to those advertisement monarchies. additionally, many Genevans felt that they have been being drawn right into a corrupt advertisement international ruled via amoral aristocrats devoted to the unprincipled pursuit of wealth. during this booklet Richard Whatmore provides an highbrow heritage of republicans who strove to make sure Geneva’s survival as an self reliant kingdom. Whatmore indicates how the Genevan republicans grappled with the tips of Rousseau, Voltaire, Bentham, and others in looking to make glossy Europe secure for small states, by means of vanquishing the threats awarded by way of struggle and through empire. The Genevan try and moralize the economic international, and align nationwide self-interest with perpetual peace and the abandonment of empire, had implications for the French Revolution, the British Empire, and the id of recent Europe.
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