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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, Alliance Politics, and Great Power Conflict

Thucydides, Alliance Politics, and Great Power Conflict

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(p.91) 8 Thucydides, Alliance Politics, and Great Power Conflict
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The Next Great War?
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Charles S. Maier

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.003.0008

Entangling alliances were crucial to the outbreak of war in 1914 Germany and England had few military rivalries after Britain won the Dreadnought race and should have been able to avoid facing each other. Yet they were drawn in by weaker allies. In future the same could happen to China and the United States.

Keywords:   Entangling alliances, Blank Check, Effective deterrence, Defection

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