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By Stefano Recchia

Classical arguments in regards to the valid use of strength have profoundly formed the norms and associations of latest foreign society. yet what particular classes will we research from the classical ecu philosophers and jurists whilst brooding about humanitarian intervention, preventive self-defense or foreign trusteeship this present day? The individuals to this quantity take heavily the admonition of contextualist students to not uproot classical thinkers' arguments from their social, political and highbrow setting. however, this assortment demonstrates that modern scholars, students and policymakers can nonetheless research greatly from the questions raised by way of classical ecu thinkers, the issues they highlighted, or even the not easy personality of a few of the options they provided. the purpose of this quantity is to open up present assumptions approximately army intervention, and to discover the opportunity of reconceptualizing and reappraising modern methods.

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B. Trim, “‘If a prince use tyrannie towards his people’: Interventions on behalf of foreign populations in early-modern Europe,” in Simms and Trim, Humanitarian Intervention – a History, pp. 34, 35. Intervention in European history 27 The unity of the “commonwealth of Christendom,” the res publica Christiana, was fractured by the Reformation. This resulted in the creation in many European polities of significant minorities, whose faith both excited the hostility of their own princes and appealed to the faith of rival princes, who felt bonds of obligation to aid suffering fellow believers.

12 Nevertheless, as already indicated, “intervention” was a recognized term in the language of war and diplomacy in early-modern Christendom. And there is at least one usage which hints at something foreshadowing a concept of humanitarian intervention. , the Habsburgs), and urging “that without the intervention and powerful help of your Majesty it is impossible” for the affairs of the Evangelical Union (of Protestant princes) to “be maintained in the Empire . . ”13 Thus, to write, as the contributors to this volume do, about intervention in the centuries up to John Stuart Mill, is by no means a simple anachronism.

Possibly, this period should be defined not as an intervention but as a war. However, it is hard to argue against the repeated injections of men, money and munitions up to that point as interventions. However, there was still no desire on England’s part to overthrow Philip II. Indeed, Elizabeth clung to the fantasy that the United Provinces might be reconciled with the Habsburgs long after the Dutch were determined on independence. The English objective, at least up to the early 1580s, was to stop Spanish commanders and their troops wreaking havoc in the Netherlands, to force Philip to concede freedom of religion to Dutch Protestants, and then to achieve a negotiated peace, with Philip still the sovereign, but of a confessionally plural Netherlands.

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