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Author Perkins, Ivan, 1971-

Title Vanishing coup : the pattern of world history since 1310 / Ivan Perkins
Published Lanham : Rowman & Littlefield, [2013]
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Contents Part I. Solid states -- The coup-free zone -- The most serene republic -- The last British revolutionary -- The coup-free state -- George Washington: the anti-Napoleon -- Part II. Interlude: deep background -- True banana republics -- Intoxicating republican moments -- Part III. The international arena -- Self-interest, stupidity, and confusion -- A brief history of meddling -- The neutrality instinct -- Best friends
Summary This thoughtful and engaging book offers the first extended analysis of coups, a central factor shaping world history and politics. Ivan Perkins introduces a new theory to explain why a military coup or revolution is such an unthinkable prospect in advanced democracies. Focusing especially on the first three coup-free states-the Venetian Republic, Great Britain, and the United States-the book traces the evolutionary origins of political violence and the historical rise of republican government. Perkins concludes with a new explanation for the "democratic peace" and shows why coup-free states form enduring alliances
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
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Subject Coups d'état -- History.
History, Modern.
Genre/Form History.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 1442222727 (electronic bk.)
9781442222724 (electronic bk.)