The Religious Roots of Modern International Relations

World Politics, Vol. 52, pp. 206-45

40 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2009

Date Written: January 2000

Abstract

The essay argues that the Protestant Reformation was a key "revolution in ideas" that explains the origins of modern international relations at Westphalia and that the same historical transformation cannot be explained alone through material causes.

Keywords: religion and international relations, religion and politics, Westphalia, Peace of Westphalia, role of ideas

Suggested Citation

Philpott, Daniel, The Religious Roots of Modern International Relations (January 2000). World Politics, Vol. 52, pp. 206-45. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1424223

Daniel Philpott (Contact Author)

University of Notre Dame ( email )

361 Mendoza College of Business
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5646
United States

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