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The Next Great War?The Roots of World War I and the Risk of U.S.-China Conflict$
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Richard N. Rosecrance and Steven E. Miller

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780262028998

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.001.0001

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Before the War

Before the War

Three Styles of Diplomacy

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(p.3) 1 Before the War
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The Next Great War?
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Alan Alexandroff

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.003.0001

In the aftermath of war three styles of diplomacy existed: one, the old balance of power of contending alliances; two, Woodrow Wilson’s reliance on the power of democratic opinion to keep nations in line, and three Bismarck’s informal Concert which brought enemies and allies together. The first was discredited; the second was never to come into being; and the third was not tried. Had Bismarck’s concert been prolonged or reconstituted, however, a grouping of Austria, Germany, Russia and England might well have deterred Austria while bringing Russia into a consonant group.

Keywords:   Concert of Europe, Bismarckian Concert, Wilson’s one (democratic) world, League of Nations

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