Great Powers and World Order encourages critical thinking about the nature of world order by presenting the historical information and theoretical concepts needed to make projections about the global future. Charles W. Kegley and Gregory Raymond ask students to compare retrospective cases and formulate their own hypotheses about not only the causes of war, but also the consequences of peace settlements. Historical case studies open a window to see what strategies for constructing world order were tried before, why one course of action was chosen over another, and how things turned out. By moving back and forth in each case study between history and theory, rather than treating them as separate topics, the authors hope to situate the assumptions, causal claims, and policy prescriptions of different schools of thought within the temporal domains in which they took root, giving the reader a better sense of why policy makers embraced a particular view of world order instead of an alternative vision.

World War II and the Birth of the Liberal Order

World War II and the Birth of the Liberal Order

World War II and the birth of the liberal order

The settlement of the Czechoslovak problem which has now been achieved is, in my view, only the prelude to a larger settlement in which all Europe may find peace.

—Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister

On September 30, 1938, a British Airways Lockheed 14 carrying Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain landed at Heston airfield west of London. After disembarking, Chamberlain proudly showed a document to journalists and well-wishers gathered near the plane. Earlier that morning, the prime minister informed the group that he had reached an agreement with German chancellor Adolf Hitler to resolve all outstanding disputes through diplomacy. In Chamberlain's recounting of what had happened, the two leaders ...

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