The Hierarchy of States: Reform and Resistance in the International Order

The Hierarchy of States: Reform and Resistance in the International Order

by Ian Clark


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Combining a detailed examination of theory with a full and up-to-date account of historical development, this study analyzes the nature of the international order—the hierarchical state system—and explores its potential for reform. The theoretical account is given tracing two traditions of thought in the writings of Kant and Rousseau, while the historical survey explores the evolution of international organizations since 1815, covering such aspects as concert diplomacy, alliance systems, international organizations, and such internal understandings as nuclear deterrence, crisis management, and sphere of influence. The Hierarchy of States succeeds and replaces Clark's Reform and Resistance in the International Order (CUP, 1980).

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ISBN-13: 9780521372527
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/02/1989
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations , #7
Edition description: Subsequent
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.26(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; Introduction; Part I. The Ideology of International Orders: 1. Order and international relations; 2. International and world order; 3. Kant and the tradition of optimism; 4. Rousseau and the tradition of despair; Part II. The Practice of International Order: 5. Order and change in the international system, 1815–1990; 6. From balance to concert, 1815–1854; 7. Balance without concert, 1856–1914; 8. Concert without balance, 1918–1939; 9. From concert to balance, 1945–1990; Conclusion; Notes; Bibliography; Index.

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