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The Balance Of Power : History & Theory - Michael Sheehan

The Balance Of Power

History & Theory

Paperback Published: 28th December 1995
ISBN: 9780415119313
Number Of Pages: 240

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The balance of power is one of the most fundamental concepts behind international politics and provides a structure for explaining some of the essential principles behind international relations. Yet despite its widespread importance it remains an enigma and is surrounded by controversy. "The Balance of Power" traces the evolution of the theory from the eighteenth century to the present day. It incorporates classical anlysis and recent research to give a detailed account of the concept in practice and the operation of the international system while challenging traditional views of the balance of power. Its exploration of the way the balance of power operated in key historical periods shows how the generally accepted development of the concept is based on a misunderstanding of the historical reality.

Prefacep. ix
The Meaning of the Balance of Powerp. 1
Intellectual Origins and Early Developmentp. 24
Balance of Power Policiesp. 53
Balance of Power Systemsp. 76
The Eighteenth Century: 1700-1815p. 97
The Nineteenth Century: 1815-1914p. 121
Competing Perspectivesp. 145
The Balance of Power in the Nuclear Erap. 170
The Future of the Balance of Power Conceptp. 192
Bibliography and Further Readingp. 206
Indexp. 223
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ISBN: 9780415119313
ISBN-10: 0415119316
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 28th December 1995
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.23 x 13.97  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1

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