The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895-1905 (New in Paper)

The Weary Titan: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline, 1895-1905 (New in Paper)

by Aaron L. Friedberg
     
 

ISBN-10: 0691148007

ISBN-13: 9780691148007

Pub. Date: 08/16/2010

Publisher: Princeton University Press

How do statesmen become aware of unfavorable shifts in relative power, and how do they seek to respond to them? These are puzzles of considerable importance to theorists of international relations. As national decline has become an increasingly prominent theme in American political debate, these questions have also taken on an immediate, pressing significance.

Overview

How do statesmen become aware of unfavorable shifts in relative power, and how do they seek to respond to them? These are puzzles of considerable importance to theorists of international relations. As national decline has become an increasingly prominent theme in American political debate, these questions have also taken on an immediate, pressing significance. The Weary Titan is a penetrating study of a similar controversy in Britain at the turn of the twentieth century.

Drawing on a wide variety of sources, Aaron Friedberg explains how England's rulers failed to understand and respond to the initial evidence of erosion in their country's industrial, financial, naval, and military power. The British example suggests that statesmen may be slow to recognize shifts in international position, in part because they rely heavily on simple but often distorting indicators of relative capabilities. In a new afterword, Friedberg examines current debates about whether America is in decline, arguing that American power will remain robust for some time to come.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691148007
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
08/16/2010
Edition description:
With a New afterword by the author
Pages:
368
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

List of Tables and Maps xi
Preface xiii
List of Abbreviations xvii
Chapter One: International Relations Theory and the Assessment of National Power 3
Chapter Two: Economic Power: The Loss of Industrial PReeminence 21
Chapter Three: Financial Power: The Growing Burdens of Empire 89
Chapter Four: Sea Power: The Surrender of Worldwide Supremacy 135
Chapter Five: Land Power: The Dilemma of Indian Defense 209
Chapter Six: Change, Assessment, and Adaption 279
Chapter Seven: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline 292
Afterword to the 2010 Edition 305
Bibliography 319
Index 337

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