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Sister Republics: Power and Law in Revolutionary Europe


Raymond Kubben


Tilburg University - Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence & Legal History; Tilburg Law School

November 5, 2009

Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 017/2009

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The French Revolution provoked the revival of Franco-Austrian and gave a new boost to Franco-British rivalry. Both conflicts encouraged the French Republic to bring the second and third rank powers of Western Europe within its sphere of influence. This paper sets out to address the implications of this strategy for interstate legal relations. One of the answers to no longer being able to balance Austria and Russia in the east was for France to set out for hegemony in the west by annexing the Austrian Netherlands and the Rhineland, and by creating a chain of ‘sister republics’ along its borders, that is, in the Low Countries, Switzerland, and Italy. This paper addresses whether the principles and rules of a legal order of independence and equality were upheld. What role did law and legal arguments play in the relations between France and its sister republics? How did the French exercise their hegemony? The paper elaborates on one specific case - negotiations on the 1795 Treaty of The Hague between France and the Batavian Republic, with particular attention being paid to French territorial demands.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 16

Keywords: France, Revolutionary Wars, Hegemony, Power, International Law, Factionalism

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Date posted: November 5, 2009  

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Kubben, Raymond, Sister Republics: Power and Law in Revolutionary Europe (November 5, 2009). Tilburg University Legal Studies Working Paper No. 017/2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1500318 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1500318

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Tilburg University - Department of Public Law, Jurisprudence & Legal History ( email )
Netherlands
Tilburg Law School ( email )
Tilburg, 5000 LE
Netherlands
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