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Several dramatic changes in international relations at the end of the 20th century seemed to suggest that rivalries (and the conflicts that often result) between states were receding. The Soviet-U.S. Cold War ended, but the Indo-Pakistani feud refuses to go away. Argentina and Britain seem most unlikely to fight again over the Falklands, but North and South Korea persist in maintaining their hostile divided status. The question remains therefore—is conflict increasing or decreasing? To answer that question, it is important to first understand how the rivalry processes—and therefore the genesis of conflict—work. Handbook to International Rivalries examines the roughly 200 strategic rivalries—two states that view each other as threatening competitors to the point that they categorize their antagonists as enemies—that have been responsible for ...

Chapter Two: European Great Power Rivalries
Chapter Two: European great power rivalries

The study of international relations has always privileged the history of Europe as if it alone had generated the history of international relations. Obviously, that has not been the case. The history of China, India, and the Middle East, for example, have generated long records of international relations—in some cases longer than those of Europe. But the difference lies ...

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