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Neighbors & strangers : the fundamentals of foreign affairs

Author: William Roe Polk
Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, ©1997.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Drawing on decades of experience in government and in the academy, William R. Polk offers a uniquely informed view of foreign relations as they occur in the real world. Rather than focusing narrowly on diplomacy, Polk's broad study of intelligence and espionage, defense and warfare, trade and aid, and intervention and law reveals how the tools of diplomacy evolved - and how they interact to form a pattern with which
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: William Roe Polk
ISBN: 0226673294 9780226673295
OCLC Number: 36330859
Description: 366 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: I: The bottom line --
Staying alive in a dangerous world --
Out of the mists of the past --
Our possessions --
II: Defense --
Keeping them out --
Rome, walled China, and medieval Europe --
Modern walls --
III: Armies and warfare --
The first armies --
Assyria and Rome --
Soldiers, mercenaries, and guerrillas --
The colonial auxiliary --
Weapons --
Modern armies --
IV: Nongovernmental relations --
Trade --
The trader --
European trade and finance --
The amateurs --
V: Intelligence and espionage --
Getting to know them --
Spies and spymasters --
Tools of the trade --
Espionage and counterintelligence --
VI: Diplomacy --
Peaceful relations between states --
Worldviews and strategy --
The conduct of relations --
The medieval school of statecraft --
Diplomats and their masters --
Intervention and international law --
VII: Getting rid of the alien --
Parting company --
Ethnic cleansing --
Coming together.
Other Titles: Neighbors and strangers
Responsibility: William R. Polk.
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