After Westphalia

An essay series aiming to explore the future (or lack thereof) of the nation state. In this series we will examine the legacy of the Westphalian nation-state, its relationship to other early-modern polities from other parts of the world, post-modern forces acting on it today, and the longue durée futures that might emerge past the events I’m writing about in the companion Great Weirding series, which focuses on contemporary events.

Allegory of the Peace of Westphalia, by Jacob Jordaens.