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 Unraveling Liberal Order

The unraveling liberal order

What worried me the most . . . is the fact that the rules-based international order is being challenged.

—Donald Tusk, President, European Council

On December 4, 1918, U.S. president Woodrow Wilson sailed to France aboard the SS George Washington, bearing the vision of a liberal, rules-based world order anchored in democracy, free trade, and collective security. Upon his arrival in Paris, he was cheered by enormous crowds eager to voice their gratitude for his role in ending the Great War. Wilson received the keys to the city and had his name spelled out in lights along the route of a parade held in his honor. “Moral force is irresistible,” he said when proposing an explanation for his enthusiastic ...

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