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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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Lessons from Europe 1914 for Asia 2014

Lessons from Europe 1914 for Asia 2014

Reflections on the Centenary of the Outbreak of World War I

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(p.193) 13 Lessons from Europe 1914 for Asia 2014
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The Next Great War?
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Kevin Rudd

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The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262028998.003.0013

World War I was not inevitable, but the balance of power allowed war to occur. Local conflicts were allowed to escalate into more general conflict, globalization did not prevent conflict, and there were no general or local institutions which contained the crisis. Today, however, globalization is stronger, but Chinese disputes with its neighbors are chronic and Beijing does not accept the restraints of the Western international system. New regional and international institutions bringing China and the United States together are sorely needed.

Keywords:   Balance of power, National interests, Regional institutions, Asia-Pacific Community

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