A European Perspective
Amorphousness of a state in a postmodern international system
University of Wrocław, Poland
The history of a modern world seems to prove that a state as a participant of international relations still remains one of the most relevant elements of an international system. Although the state changes itself independently, it adapts to new surroundings. Moreover, the history of a postmodern world seems to prove that the state, like few other participants of the international relations, has big adaptive abilities to this dynamic and changeable environment. These adaptive abilities enabled it in the past and enable it today to find itself in postmodernity, to “enroll” into a new reality, to take new challenges, raising at the same time its attractiveness as a political institution, national and cultural community, the symbol of the historical continuity of existence.
The communities with the features close to a state model have existed “since forever.” They have enriched, in the process of development and adaptation, the organizational forms and the mechanisms of actions, enhancing their position in the international system but, first of all, widening the range of sovereign authority over a territory and a population. From the perspective of the history of the international relations, the treaties from Münster and Osnabrück signed in October 1648 after the end of Thirty Years’ War are the novelty while taking into account a state essence and its development potential. They introduced into the international system the fundamental solutions concerning the state, its territoriality...
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