By Richard Whatmore
As Britain and France turned extra strong in the course of the eighteenth century, small states resembling Geneva may possibly 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 e-book Richard Whatmore offers an highbrow heritage of republicans who strove to make sure Geneva’s survival as an self sustaining kingdom. Whatmore exhibits how the Genevan republicans grappled with the guidelines of Rousseau, Voltaire, Bentham, and others in looking to make sleek Europe secure for small states, via vanquishing the threats provided via warfare and via empire. The Genevan try to moralize the economic global, 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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