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Balancing risks : great power intervention in the periphery

Author: Jeffrey W Taliaferro
Publisher: Ithaca, N.Y. : Cornell University Press, 2004.
Series: Cornell studies in security affairs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Why do powerful countries behave in a way that leads to entrapment in prolonged, expensive, and self-defeating conflicts?" "Jeffrey W. Taliaferro suggests that such interventions are driven by the refusal of senior officials to accept losses in their state's relative power, international status, or prestige. Instead of cutting their losses, leaders often continue to invest blood and money in failed excursions into  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey W Taliaferro
ISBN: 0801442214 9780801442216
OCLC Number: 53144730
Awards: Winner of Winner of the 2005 Jervis-Schroeder Award (Interna.
Description: xviii, 304 pages ; 25 cm.
Contents: Power politics and the balance of risk --
Explaining great power involvement in the periphery --
Germany and the 1905 Morocco crisis --
Japan and the 1940-41 war decisions --
The United States and the Korean War (1950-51) --
The limits of great power intervention in the periphery --
Implications of the argument.
Series Title: Cornell studies in security affairs.
Responsibility: Jeffrey W. Taliaferro.
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Great powers often initiate risky military and diplomatic inventions in far-off, peripheral regions that pose no direct threat to them, risking direct confrontation with rivals in strategically  Read more...

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