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Deadly Imbalances : Tripolarity and Hitler's Strategy of World Conquest - Randall L. Schweller

Deadly Imbalances

Tripolarity and Hitler's Strategy of World Conquest

Hardcover Published: 1st March 1998
ISBN: 9780231110723
Number Of Pages: 256
For Ages: 22+ years old

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Scholars frequently portray World War II as an epic morality play driven by a villain (Hitler) and a sinner (Chamberlain). This book offers a fresh approach, combining both the attributes of states and the structure of the international system to explain the origins and causes of World War II. Central to the analysis is the argument that the structure of the international system was tripolar - with Germany, the Soviet Union and the United States as the three central powers - and not multipolar and that this needs to be considered in any examination of the antecedent causes and crucial events of the war. Recognizing that both systems and human agents make history, the author presents an amended balance-of-power theory, a balance-of-interests theory - that distinguishes great powers by their relative material strength and the value they place on the status quo. This systems framework is used to examine and explain the dynamics of tripolar systems; how states respond to threats and opportunities; Hitler's strategy of global dominion; and the foreign policy strategies of the other major powers before and during the war.

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Presents a rare combination: a penetrating critique of popular theories; an important theoretical advance in its own right; and stimulating case study of a seminal event in international history.... The book will change the way scholars think about realist theory and the Second World War.

Introductionp. 1
The Capabilities and Interests of the Major Powersp. 15
A Study of Tripolar Systemsp. 39
State Responses to Threats and Opportunitiesp. 59
Hitler's Tripolar Strategyp. 93
The Path to War, 1935-1939p. 121
The Western and Polar Wars, 1939-1945p. 141
Conclusionp. 183
Appendixp. 203
Notesp. 209
Indexp. 251
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ISBN: 9780231110723
ISBN-10: 0231110723
Series: Social Work Knowledge
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 22+ years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 1st March 1998
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.55