Has Rule by the Nation-STATE Ended?

Another time recently on another blog the Treaty of Westphalia [actually the Peace of Westphalia] iwas mentioned by me or someone else. From Wikipedia:

Peace of Westphalia

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Peace of Westphalia
Treaties of Osnabrück and Münster
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Ratification of the Peace of Münster (Gerard ter Borch, Münster, 1648)
Type of treaty Peace treaty
Drafted 1646-1648
15 May – 24 October 1648
Osnabrück and Münster, Westphalia, modern-day Germany
Parties 109

The Peace of Westphalia was a series of peace treaties signed between May and October of 1648 in Osnabrück and Münster. These treaties ended the Thirty Years’ War (1618–1648) in the Holy Roman Empire, and the Eighty Years’ War (1568–1648) between Spain and the Dutch Republic.

The Peace of Westphalia treaties involved the Holy Roman Emperor, Ferdinand III of the House of Habsburg, the Kingdoms of Spain, France, Sweden, the Dutch Republic, the Princes of the Holy Roman Empire, and sovereigns of the Free imperial cities and can be denoted by two major events.

  • The signing of the Peace of Münster[1] between the Dutch Republic and the Kingdom of Spain on 30 January 1648, officially ratified in Münster on 15 May 1648.
  • The signing of two complementary treaties on 24 October 1648, namely:
    • The Treaty of Münster (Instrumentum Pacis Monasteriensis, IPM),[2] concerning the Holy Roman Emperor and France and their respective allies.
    • The Treaty of Osnabrück (Instrumentum Pacis Osnabrugensis, IPO),[3] concerning the Holy Roman Emperor, the Empire and Sweden and their respective allies.

The treaties resulted from the first modern diplomatic congress, thereby initiating a new system of political order in central Europe, later called Westphalian sovereignty, based upon the concept of a sovereign state governed by a sovereign. In the event, the treaties’ regulations became integral to the constitutional law of the Holy Roman Empire.

The treaties did not restore the peace throughout Europe, however. France and Spain remained at war for the next eleven years, making peace only in the Treaty of the Pyrenees of 1659.


Most attribute the Peace of Westphalia  as largely ending the WARS of Religion in Western Europe and creating the Nation-state system.

There is some evidence that system is collapsing!   The concepts of Globalization and Global Warfare for one purpose or another [WWI and WWII were called World Wars with good reason] including the GWOT announced by President George W. Bush.   My belief is that the real Global war now is not religion, nor economic theory generally, but a corrupt leadership almost world wide that has used the levers of state power to organize their respective nation-states in collusion with the elements of organized violence in their cultures and societies,[both their militaries and their organized  criminal elements] to destroy equity and financial stabilility and democracy in their countries. Thus, the nation-state system will last only as long as this corruption is allowed to continue. The street protests in the MENA  [Middle East and N. Africa] in the last year are thus precusors to a world wide struggle against those corrupt elites. No wonder the USA is ambivilant and China has tripled its internal security outlays!  Still these corrupt elites will be difficult to discharge from power without violence.


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1 Response to Has Rule by the Nation-STATE Ended?

  1. Christopher Tingus says:

    While I have the highest respect for this author, William Danshin and it is very unusual for me to disagree with him, pertaining to this subject, we are worlds apart as Biblical scripture is quite clear in its writings and soon as we see the Middle East and the German-EU with the support of the Vatican unleash the last crusade against Muslim, what we see today and God is witness to all, is the conflict between Christianity and Islam, nothing new and most care little for history, yet tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands, million have died as a result of religious strife — no tolerance whatsoever towards another’s religious perspective —

    See the shock and awe soon to light the sky over the Middle East as the new fast deployment EU army marches forward in the quest to conquer and control Jerusalem, a city where only God will sit and to which many Blessings have been bestowed, my favorite global city — a city with covenant with the Lord!

    God Bless us all!

    Christopher Tingus
    PO Bx 1612
    Harwich, MA 02645 USA

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