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The early thinkers of a European Union in the 18th century
by Christopher Brooke
About this EXP
Christopher Brooke, Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Cambridge, analyzes visions of peace in early Europe.
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Key point 1
The Abbé de Saint-Pierre didn’t believe that the balance of power was a way to preserve peace; he called it the system of war and wanted a European union.
Key point 2
Rousseau believed that the vanity of kings and their warmongering were an obstacle to building an international confederation.
Key point 3
Kant suggests that it’s only when humans possess the technology to destroy themselves that they will be motivated to come together to abolish war.
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