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p. 527. Relations between States: How to Balance Powerlocked

  • Kenneth Minogue


‘Relations between States: How to Balance Power’ illustrates that a Europe of large and small political units has been an arena of wars, and they have generally been inconclusive. By marriage and diplomacy, but above all by war, a state could grow to be a power. Over several centuries, the mosaic of small dominions inherited from the Middle Ages was consolidated by these means into the relatively simple political map of the Europe seen today. The Hobbesian state of Nature and the balance of power are discussed and the process of globalization and its impact on international relations examined.

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