Postwestphalian was established in 2016 as an online project showcasing analysis of global affairs from a historical perspective. The name of the site refers to the 1648 Peace of Westphalia, a treaty often identified as one of the starting points for modern international relations. While its relative importance is debatable, the Peace of Westphalia was nevertheless a significant part of the coalescence of modern ideas about statehood and governance that took place during the 17th and 18th centuries. Postwestphalian seeks to examine the origins and histories of those ideas while also assessing their relevance in the contemporary world.
James Edward (“Ted”) Blanton is a Washington, DC-based historian, writer, and editor. Dr. Blanton holds a PhD in history from Johns Hopkins University and has taught at the University of Michigan, the College of Charleston, and Loyola University Maryland. In his free time, he enjoys watching improv shows and has been known to perform in them upon occasion.
Email: blanton [at] postwestphalian [dot com]