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Author Nobel Symposium (87th : 1993 : Tromsø, Norway)

Title The fall of great powers : peace, stability, and legitimacy / Geir Lundestad (ed.)
Published Oslo : Scandinavian University Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1994


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Description xviii, 414 pages ; 22 cm
Contents Introduction / Geir Lundestad -- Pt. I. The Fall of Great Powers in a Long-Term Historical Perspective. 1. Introductory Historical Commentary / William H. McNeill. 2. Great Powers and Empires: Historical Mechanisms of their Making and Breaking / Imanuel Geiss -- Pt. II. The Fall of Great Powers: Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy. 3. The Fall of Great Britain: Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy / Zara Steiner. 4. The Fall of Austria-Hungary: Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy / Istvan Deak. 5. The Fall of Germany: Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy / Wolfgang J. Mommsen. 6. The Fall of Empires - Russia and the Soviet Union / Alec Nove. 7. The Fall of the Soviet Union: Peace, Stability and Legitimacy / Alexandr O. Chubarian. 8. The Collapse of the Soviet Union: Leadership, Elites, and Legitimacy / Vladislav M. Zubok. 9. The End of the Cold War and the Future of American Power / Aaron L. Friedberg. 10. The "Fall" of the United States: Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy / Susan Strange
19. The Fall of Empires: Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy / Geir Lundestad
Pt. III. Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. 11. Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy in Africa: The Factor of Colonialism and Neocolonialism / J. F. Ade Ajayi. 12. Empires and Anti-empires: Asia in World Politics / Wang Gungwu. 13. The Superpowers in the Middle East: Cold War and Post-Cold-War Policies / Carol R. Saivetz -- Pt. IV. Are Democratic States Always Peaceful Towards One Another? 14. The Voice of the People: Political Theorists on the International Implications of Democracy / Michael W. Doyle -- Pt. V. Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy: Some Speculations about the Future. 15. The Cycle of Great Powers: Has it Finally Been Broken? / Robert Gilpin. 16. Peace, Stability, and Legitimacy, 1990-2025/2050 / Immanuel Wallerstein. 17. Peace, Legitimacy, and the Post-Cold-War World: Where Do We Go From Here? / John Lewis Gaddis -- Pt. VI. Conclusions. 18. Conclusions / Paul Kennedy
Summary The collapse of the Soviet Union has produced many dramatic effects, some positive--the end of the Cold War, disarmament, self-determination for Central Europe--and others quite negative--ethnic conflict in the former Soviet Union and Yugoslavia and general instability in the region. In a thorough analysis of the Soviet case, Britain, Austria-Hungary, Germany, and the United States, this timely study examines why great powers fall. The contributors examine the wide-ranging consequences of the fall of great powers for peace and stability in the world. They focus much attention on the tension between stability and legitimacy and between a peaceful and just democratic order. The contributors include many of the world's leading experts in their respective fields, among them Paul Kennedy, John Gaddis, William McNeill and Immanuel Wallerstein
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Balance of power -- Congresses.
Legitimacy of governments -- Congresses.
Peace -- Congresses.
Political stability -- Congresses.
World politics -- 20th century -- Congresses.
Genre/Form Conference papers and proceedings.
Author Lundestad, Geir, 1945-
LC no. 94238374
ISBN 8200039471 (paperback)