By Richard Whatmore
As Britain and France grew to become extra strong in the course of the eighteenth century, small states equivalent to Geneva might now not stand militarily opposed to those advertisement monarchies. in addition, many Genevans felt that they have been being drawn right into a corrupt advertisement global ruled by way of amoral aristocrats devoted to the unprincipled pursuit of wealth. during this booklet Richard Whatmore provides an highbrow background of republicans who strove to make sure Geneva’s survival as an self sustaining kingdom. Whatmore indicates how the Genevan republicans grappled with the guidelines of Rousseau, Voltaire, Bentham, and others in looking to make sleek Europe secure for small states, by way of vanquishing the threats awarded through conflict and through 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 identification of recent Europe.
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