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The Fate of Nations: The Search for National Security in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries / Edition 1
     

The Fate of Nations: The Search for National Security in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries / Edition 1

by Michael Mandelbaum
 

ISBN-10: 052135790X

ISBN-13: 9780521357906

Pub. Date: 04/28/2012

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521357906
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/28/2012
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 0.94(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments; A note on sources and citations; Introduction; 1. Collective approaches to security: the nineteenth-century managed balance of power system and Great Britain; 2. France, 1919-40: the failure of security policy; 3. The United States, 1945-80: the natural history of a great power; 4. China, 1949-76: the strategies of weakness; 5. Israel, 1948-79: the hard choices of the security dilemma; 6. Collective approaches: the international economic order and Japan, 1945-85; Index.

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