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.

The Cold War and Its Consequences

The cold war and its consequences

There are two great peoples which, starting from different points of departure, advance toward the same goal—the Americans and the Russians. Each will one day hold in its hands the destinies of half of mankind.

—Alexis de Tocqueville, French Sociologist

On June 18, 1946, Richard C. Hottelet, Moscow correspondent for the Columbia Broadcasting System (CBS), was granted an interview with Maxim Litvinov, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR, or Soviet Union) former commissar of foreign affairs. Urbane, insightful, and well versed in Kremlin politics, Litvinov appeared distressed over the evolution of East-West relations. For months he had urged his government to continue its wartime collaboration with members of the Grand Alliance. International order, argued ...

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