The Historical Birth Of The Concept Of Foreign Policy In

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The historical birth of the concept of Foreign Policy in the United States has had a very interesting start. During today 's policymaking it may seem like we have our hand and every cookie jar. However, this was not how our nation initially started out. President Washington argued "the great rule of conduct for us in regard to foreign nations is to have them as little political connection as possible" ("New Framework for Foreign Affairs," 2013) It would seem that the founders did not feel the need to have extensive foreign policies it was their intention for the United States to be separate and only interact with foreign nations as absolutely necessary. A nation is a combination of people who share social parallels such as beliefs,…show more content…
The Greeks felt that the authority of a state to oversee itself was crucial. After the Greeks, it seemed that the idea of sovereignty and nation-states slowly begins to dissipated. The feudal system had replaced the ideal of sovereignty and the holy Roman empire was the head of the system. Once the feudal system had taken its toll on the world, we did not see a rise of nation-states again until the 19th century. Europe was the hub for many of these nation-states. Like many of the fine works of art we have today the Renaissance, seems to have helped kindle our need for nation-states. Thanks, in large part to this time of enlightenment, we were able to learn from other countries and nations and grow to become strong nation-states. This is when Westphalia comes into play. The Treaty of Westphalia was the treaty that ended the Thirty Years War. A peace conference was held in December 1644 where there were thousands of diplomats and support staff in attendance. Presiding over the meeting was the Papal Nuncio and the Venetian Ambassador (Cavendish, 1998). The Treaty of Westphalia was so important because it help to lay the groundwork of the political structures of Europe. “The territorial readjustments in geographical arrangements made by this treaty continue to be the basis of state system in Europe until the French revolution (SAMIR, 2012).” The Treaty of Westphalia also provided a steppingstone to the expansion of international law. The
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