The Napoleonic Wars and the Realist Paradigm
This paper examines the Napoleonic wars as an example of modern warfare and an assessment of contradictory explanations of war, the liberal and realist paradigms.
# 103368 | 4,280 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2008 |
Published on May 06, 2008 in International Relations (Non-U.S.) , Political Science (Political Theory) , History (European - 19th century)
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This paper explains that, while the major battles of the Napoleonic Wars occurred between the years 1803 and 1815, 18th century long-range factors, such as increased manpower and agricultural, financial and industrial resources, contributed to this prolonged and intense conflict. The author points out that the increase of available resources called for revised methods for command and control over armies. The paper describes, in detail, the relationship of countries, the wars and Napoleon's rise to power. The author states that the downfall of Napoleon can be said to rationalize the liberal paradigm, which proposes that interdependence based on internationally shared interests can mitigate international conflict; however, not all components of the liberal paradigm apply to the Napoleonic Wars. The paper states that the realist paradigm, which argues that the actual international structure may be conducive to warfare, offers a more complete analysis of the the Napoleonic war era.
From the Paper:"Nearing the turn of the century, the French Revolution started to collide with greater European interests, posing a potential threat to international stability and order. To avoid being overthrown, the French king made an unsuccessful attempt to escape. When he was returned to Paris, he was suspended of all power and virtually placed under arrest. Leopold the II of Austria petitioned the royal families of Europe to help restore the French royal family, stating in the Declaration of Pillnitz that reinstating France's monarchy was in Europe's common interest and ultimately necessary to maintain international stability.
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