Worse Than a Monolith: Alliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia

Worse Than a Monolith: Alliance Politics and Problems of Coercive Diplomacy in Asia

by Thomas J. Christensen
     
 

"Christensen is a first-rate expert on Asian politics, American foreign policy, and international relations theory. His new book is a major contribution to all three fields and uses meticulous historical analysis to show how and why internal alliance dynamics have repeatedly made life difficult and dangerous for everyone. This is what qualitative security studies

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"Christensen is a first-rate expert on Asian politics, American foreign policy, and international relations theory. His new book is a major contribution to all three fields and uses meticulous historical analysis to show how and why internal alliance dynamics have repeatedly made life difficult and dangerous for everyone. This is what qualitative security studies is supposed to look like—and an excellent demonstration of why it is important."—Gideon Rose, Foreign Affairs

"Common sense and much of international relations theory suggest that it is in a country's interest for its enemies to be at each other's throats. With careful reasoning and rich research, Christensen shows that this is not so and that the Sino-Soviet split greatly complicated American diplomacy. This book is central to our understanding of the Cold War, East Asia, and international politics theory."—Robert Jervis, Columbia University

"This first-rate book provides rich and nuanced detail about the interactive effects of alliance politics on all sides. Christensen is one of the few international relations scholars who can theorize with the best of the political scientists and write history like a historian."—Alastair Iain Johnston, Harvard University

"Worse Than a Monolith offers a clear, causal explanation of how internal alliance dynamics interacts with external deterrence to influence the effectiveness of coercive diplomacy. The author makes clever use of history to argue that disunity, lack of coordination, and intra-alliance rivalry increase the likelihood that regional conflicts will occur and existing conflicts will escalate."—Suisheng Zhao, University of Denver

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780691142609
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
Publication date:
03/14/2011
Series:
Princeton Studies in International History and Politics Series
Pages:
318
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 Growing Pains: Alliance Formation and the Road to Conflict in Korea 28

Chapter 3 Alliance Problems, Signaling, and Escalation of Asian Conflict 63

Chapter 4 The Benefits of Communist Alliance Coordination and the Continuing Costs of U.S. Alliance Formation,
1951-56 109

Chapter 5 The Sino-Soviet Split and Problems for the United States in Asia, Europe, and the Americas, 1956-64 146

Chapter 6 From Escalation in Vietnam to Sino-American Rapprochement, 1964-72 181

Chapter 7 The Fall and Revival of Coercive Diplomacy: Security Partnerships and Sino-American Security Relations,
1972-2009 221

Chapter 8 Conclusion 260

Bibliography 277

Index 297

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