ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

ESIL Interest Group History of International Law

maandag 15 juli 2019

Miroslav SEDIVY, "The Path to the Austro-Sardinian War: The Post-Napoleonic States System and the End of Peace in Europe in 1848", European History Quarterly XLIX (2019), No. 3

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Article abstract:
The aim of this article is to explain the long-term process leading to the decision of Sardinian King Charles Albert to wage war against Austria in March 1848. Moving beyond the normal stress on Italian national consciousness, the article focuses more on the King’s attitude towards the conduct of European powers in Italian affairs and attempts to prove that repeated illegal and aggressive actions of the European powers after 1830 destroyed the King’s faith in the fairness of the political-legal system established at the Congress of Vienna in 1815, leading also to his loss of faith in the strength of law and increasing his belief in the power of armed force in international relations. All this significantly contributed to his final decision to start a war of conquest against Austria, which he regarded as weak and thus no longer respected, much like his attitude towards the existing political-legal order in general.
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