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Bell Ringer: National Sovereignty and the Treaty of Westphalia

National Sovereignty and the Treaty of Westphalia

Cato Institute Foreign Policy Research Fellow William Ruger discussed the idea of national sovereignty that emerged after the Treaty of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years' War. He also spoke about the current significance of the treaty.

Description

Cato Institute Foreign Policy Research Fellow William Ruger discussed the idea of national sovereignty that emerged after the Treaty of Westphalia which ended the Thirty Years' War. He also spoke about the current significance of the treaty.

Bell Ringer Assignment

  • What does Mr. Ruger mean when he says that international politics is an "anarchic environment"?
  • Describe what occurred during the Thirty Years' War.
  • What did the Treaty of Westphalia do in terms of national sovereignty?
  • According to Mr. Ruger, how has U.S. foreign policy rejected the framework established in the Treaty of Westphalia?
  • How does the Treaty of Westphalia apply to current international relations?

Additional Resource

Participants

    Vocabulary

    • Anarchic
    • Arbiter
    • Rogue Nations
    • Sovereignty
    • Thirty Years' War
    • Treaty Of Westphalia

    Topics

    Foreign PolicyGeographyWorld History

    Grades

    High SchoolUniversity