The Fate of Nations: The Search for National Security in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

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Cambridge University Press, Sep 30, 1988 - History - 416 pages
The Fate of Nations identifies and illustrates the basic varieties of security policy, as well as re-interpreting six well-documented historical episodes: Great Britain and the nineteenth century balance of power system; France between the two world wars; The United States during the Cold War; China from the Communist victory in 1949 to 1976; Israel from the founding of the state in 1948 to the peace treaty with Egypt in 1979; Japan and the international economic order after 1945. Professor Mandelbaum shows that, while no state is wholly restricted by its position in the international system, neither is any entirely free from external constraints. He concludes that in this century, national security policies have been more prudent, even when unsuccessful, than they often retrospectively have been judged.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Collective Approaches to Security The NineteenthCentury Managed Balance of Power System and Great Britain
8
France 19191940 The Failure of Security Policy
72
The United States 19451980 The Natural History of a Great Power
129
China 19491976 The Strategies of Weakness
193
Israel 19481979 The Hard Choices of the Security Dilemma
254
Collective Approaches The International Economic Order and Japan 19451985
329
Index
397
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Michael Mandelbaum is the Christian A. Herter Professor of American Foreign Policy at the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University and director of the Project on East-West Relations for the Council on Foreign Relations. Mandelbaum has taught at Harvard University, Columbia University, and the U.S. Naval Academy. His book, The New Russian Foreign Policy, explores Russia's relations with the rest of the world after the fall of the Soviet Union. The Dawn of Peace in Europe outlines Europe in the post-cold-war era. His title with Thomas L. Friedman, That Used To Be Us, made The New York Times Best Seller List for 2012.

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