International Relations/Evolution of the Modern State System

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  1. Sumerian City State - Ur, Kish, Karsa, Lagash, etc. (30 in number, existed before 2500 B.C.)
  2. Greek city-states
  3. Pre-modern states; not nation states but empire-states which did not represent the wishes of the people - Roman empire
  4. End of 30 years' war, treaty of Westphalia in 1648 and the acknowledgement of other states
  5. Italian mercantile city states
  6. French Revolution and development of ideas of self-determination