After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint, and the Rebuilding of Order after Major Warsby G. John Ikenberry
The end of the Cold War was a "big bang" reminiscent of earlier moments after major wars, such as the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the end of the World Wars in 1919 and 1945. Here John Ikenberry asks the question, what do states that win wars do with their newfound power and how do they use it to build order? In examining the postwar settlements in modern… See more details below
The end of the Cold War was a "big bang" reminiscent of earlier moments after major wars, such as the end of the Napoleonic Wars in 1815 and the end of the World Wars in 1919 and 1945. Here John Ikenberry asks the question, what do states that win wars do with their newfound power and how do they use it to build order? In examining the postwar settlements in modern history, he argues that powerful countries do seek to build stable and cooperative relations, but the type of order that emerges hinges on their ability to make commitments and restrain power.
The author explains that only with the spread of democracy in the twentieth century and the innovative use of international institutionsboth linked to the emergence of the United States as a world powerhas order been created that goes beyond balance of power politics to exhibit "constitutional" characteristics. The open character of the American polity and a web of multilateral institutions allow the United States to exercise strategic restraint and establish stable relations among the industrial democracies despite rapid shifts and extreme disparities in power.
Blending comparative politics with international relations, and history with theory, After Victory will be of interest to anyone concerned with the organization of world order, the role of institutions in world politics, and the lessons of past postwar settlements for today. It also speaks to today's debate over the ability of the United States to lead in an era of unipolar power.
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- Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER ONE The Problem of Order 3
CHAPTER TWO Varieties of Order: Balance of Power, Hegemonic, and Constitutional 21
CHAPTER THREE An Institutional Theory of Order Formation 50
CHAPTER FOUR The Settlement of 1815 80
CHAPTER FIVE The Settlement of 1919 117
CHAPTER SIX The Settlement of 1945 163
CHAPTER SEVEN After the Cold War 215
CHAPTER EIGHT Conclusion 257
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