This critical analysis of long-term trends and recent developments in world systems examines such questions as: Will the cycles of boom and bust, peace and war of the past 500 years continue? Or have either long-term trends or recent changes so profoundly altered the structure of world systems that these cycles will end or take on a less destructive form? The noted international contributors to this volume examine the question of future dominance of the core global systems and include comprehensive discussions of the economic, political and military role of the Pacific Rim, Japan and the former Soviet Union.

Germany, the USA and Future Intercore Conflict

Germany, the USA and future intercore conflict

As is amply documented in this volume, the end of the Cold War has coincided with a paradigmatic shift in global power relations. This is manifested, on the one hand, by a significant decrease in the power of individual nation-states, foreshadowing the end of the Westphalian state system. On the other hand, the rise of East Asia as a dominant player in the global economy has presented the European industrialized nations with an unprecedented challenge to their five centuries of hegemony. As will be argued below, this challenge is not simply economic in nature but represents a threat to the hegemony of Western culture and civilization, effectively destroying the myth of European ...

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