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Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap?

Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides's Trap? (Trade Paperback / Paperback)

By Allison, Graham

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Will the twenty-first century be defined by the inevitability of conflict between China and the USA? When Athens went to war with Sparta some 2,500 years ago, the Greek historian Thucydides identified one simple cause- a rising power threatened to displace a ruling one, leading i...nexorably to conflict. As Graham Allison explains, in the past 500 years, great powers have found themselves in 'Thucydides's Trap' sixteen times. In twelve of the sixteen - from war between the French and the Hapsburgs in the sixteenth century to the two world wars of the twentieth - the results have been catastrophic. Today, the same structural forces propel China and the United States toward a cataclysm of unseen proportions, even as both sides insist that such a war could never occur. In Destined for War, Allison compares the U.S.-China conflict to its closest parallel- World War I. There, a rising Germany threatened the supremacy of the British Empire. He sketches several scenarios in which America and China might slide, against their intent and better judgment, into a similar conflict. But he also examines the rare instances when two clashing powers have avoided disaster, and speculates about whether the current standoff could be one of those exceptions.
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ISBN 9781925322378
Published NZ 3 Jul 2017
Publisher Scribe Publications
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781925322378
Stock Available
Status Title is temporarily out of stock
Publisher Scribe Publications
Imprint Scribe Publications
Published 3 Jul 2017
Publication Country Australia Australia
Format Trade Paperback/Paperback
 › 1 other possible formats available
Author(s) By Allison, Graham
Category Armed Conflict
Theory Of Warfare & Military Science
Australian
Number of Pages 368
Dimensions Width: 154mm
Height: 233mm
Spine: 32mm
Dewey Code Not specified
Weight 501g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text Military History
ONIX Text General/trade

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