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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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The Thucydides Trap

The Thucydides Trap

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(p.73) 6 The Thucydides Trap
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The Next Great War?
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Graham Allison

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.003.0006

Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore argued that China “is the biggest player in the history of the world,” and the United States and others will have to adjust to this reality. But this adjustment may not be peaceful. As Thucydides saw, the rise of Athens led Sparta to come to Corinth’s defense, leaving Athens little choice but to respond. In a series of Pacific encounters US allies have confronted China. Can the US assist them without generating military attacks between the two Great Powers? We do not know.

Keywords:   Thucyidides Trap, War is folly, “Hide your strength; bide your time”, Air identification zone

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