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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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Thucydides Dethroned

Thucydides Dethroned

Historical Differences That Weaken the Peloponnesian Analogy

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(p.81) 7 Thucydides Dethroned
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The Next Great War?
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David K. Richards

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.003.0007

The situation today is different from that faced by Thucydides and the protagonists of World War I. There is now an open trading system and nuclear deterrence is in place. Civilians also lead key nations, not military strategists. Command and control can be compromised today if a leader uses military force to seek advantage. Aristocratic classes no longer rule nations and attacked peoples will likely rebel.

Keywords:   Inevitability of war, Athens not trapped, Trade protectionism, Atavistic monarchies

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