By looking at its intellectual history, this chapter addresses the problem that Balance of Power by most observers is treated one-sidedly in adversarial terms, whereas a balance of power-logic often requires cooperation. The Peace of Utrecht (1713) is an example where the balance can be better compared with an arch than with a pair of scales. Moreover, an adversarial Balance of Power has little to do with weighing power in imaginary scales: 1) there are no objective standards for measuring power, 2) means of power cannot predict outcomes of struggles; and 3) outcomes themselves are discursive tools rather than historic facts. Balance of Power has two specific political functions: the first is to structure an analysis of specific historic episodes; the second is to support specific political argumentations. Using the scales argument is likely to undermine the associational logic.
|Titel||The 1713 Peace of Utrecht and its Enduring Effects|
|Redacteuren||Alfred H.A. Soons|
|Uitgeverij||Brill / Nijhoff|
|ISBN van elektronische versie||978-90-04-35157-8|
|ISBN van geprinte versie||978-90-04-26640-7|
|Status||Published - 19-dec-2019|