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The return of great power rivalry : democracy versus autocracy from the ancient world to the U.S. and China

By: Kroenig, Matthew (Associate Professor of Government, Associate Professor of Government, Georgetown University)

0190080248 / 9780190080242
Stock expected by 12/06/2020
24 cm 272 pages : illustrations (black and white)
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The United States of America has been the most powerful country in the world for over seventy years.

The U.S. National Security Strategy declares, however, that the return of great power competition with Russia and China is the greatest threat to U.S. national security. Further, many analysts predict that America's autocratic rivals will succeed in disrupting or displacing U.S. global leadership. Brilliant and engagingly written, The Return of Great Power Rivalry, Matthew Kroenig argues that this conventional wisdom is wrong.

Drawing on an extraordinary range of historical evidence and the works of figures like Herodotus, Machiavelli, and Montesquieu-and cutting-edge social science research, Mattew Kroenig advances the riveting argument that democracies tend to excel in great power rivalries.

He contends that democracies actually have unique economic, diplomatic, and military advantagesin long-run geopolitical competitions.

He considers autocratic advantages as well, but shows that these are more than outweighed by their vulnerabilities.

Kroenig then shows these arguments through the seven most important cases of democratic-versus-autocratic rivalries throughout history, from theancient world to the Cold War.

Finally, he analyzes the new era of great power rivalry among the United States, Russia, and China through the lens of the democratic advantage argument.

By advancing a "hard-power" argument for democracy, Kroenig demonstrates that despite its many problems, the U.S. is better positioned to maintain a global leadership role than either Russia or China.

A vitally important book for anyone concerned about the future of global geopolitics, The Return of Great Power Rivalry provides both an innovative way of thinking about power in international politics and an optimistic assessment of the future of American global leadership.


1DVUA Russia, 1FPC China, 1KBB USA, HBJK History of the Americas, HBL History: earliest times to present day, JPHV Political structures: democracy, JPSL Geopolitics, JW Warfare & defence

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