Strategic Rivalries in World Politics
Position, Space and Conflict Escalation
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Strategic Rivalries in World Politics by Michael P. Colaresi
Book DescriptionInternational conflict is neither random nor inexplicable. It is highly structured by antagonisms between a relatively small set of states that regard each other as rivals. Examining the 173 strategic rivalries in operation throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, this book identifies the differences rivalries make in the probability of conflict escalation and analyzes how they interact with serial crises, arms races, alliances and capability advantages. The authors distinguish between rivalries concerning territorial disagreement (space) and rivalries concerning status and influence (position) and show how each leads to markedly different patterns of conflict escalation. They argue that rivals are more likely to engage in international conflict with their antagonists than non-rival pairs of states and conclude with an assessment of whether we can expect democratic peace, economic development and economic interdependence to constrain rivalry-induced conflict.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521881340
(228mm x 152mm x 19mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 10-Jan-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Author Biography - Michael P. Colaresi
Michael P. Colaresi is Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science at Michigan State University. Karen Rasler is Professor in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University. William R. Thompson is Rogers Professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science at Indiana University.
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