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 Range of Great-Power Choice

The range of great-power choice in a time of system transformation

The global situation is more dangerous today than at any time since the collapse of the Soviet Union. We are experiencing and epochal shift; an era is ending, and the rough outlines of a new political age are only beginning to emerge.

—Wolfgang Ischinger, Chairman, Munich Security Conference

With the unraveling of the liberal world order and the return of great-power competition, the international system is undergoing its most profound transformation since the end of the Cold War. Momentous change foments uncertainty. Yet our current situation is not entirely novel. We have entered a new period in global affairs—but one that should be recognizable to those familiar with the patterns of ...

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