Great Power Rivalries

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Univ of South Carolina Press, 1999 - Political Science - 414 pages
Great Power Rivalries, edited by William R. Thompson, concentrates on major interstate rivalries of the past 500 years, ranging from the rivalry between Britain and France to the cold-war rivalry of the United States and the Soviet Union. In thirteen case studies, the contributors focus on strategic competition, paying particular attention to the transition from commercial to strategic rivalry. Each case study, in conjunction with other arguments, answers a common set of questions pertaining to the rivalry's life cycle, stakes, escalatory dynamics, priority in the foreign policy agendas of its decision-makers, and intersections with other rivalries. Great Power Rivalries makes significant strides in illuminating the rivalry process - an understanding crucial to managing conflict in a violent world.
 

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Contents

The Enduring Rivalry of France and Spain ca 14621700
31
The Evolution of the FrancoGerman Rivalry
86
The Rise and Decline of the AngloDutch Rivalry 16091689
172
Rivalries between Maritime Powers and Their Challengers
223
Britain and France
254
Great Britain and Russia
269
The AngloGerman Rivalry 18901914
306
The Emergence and Intensification
337
The USSoviet Rivalry
371
About the Contributors
391
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