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The peace of illusions : American grand strategy from 1940 to the present

Author: Christopher Layne
Publisher: Ithaca : Cornell University Press, 2006.
Series: Cornell studies in security affairs.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"The Peace of Illusions intervenes in the ongoing debate about American grand strategy and the costs and benefits of "American empire." Christopher Layne urges the desirability of a strategy he calls "offshore balancing": rather than wield power to dominate other states, the U.S. government should engage in diplomacy to balance large states against one another. The United States should intervene, Layne asserts, only  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Christopher Layne
ISBN: 080143713X 9780801437137 9780801474118 0801474116
OCLC Number: 62282093
Description: xi, 290 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: Theory, history, and U.S. grand strategy --
World War II and the foundations of American global hegemony --
U.S. grand strategy and the Soviet Union, 1945-1953 --
The open door and American hegemony in Western Europe --
The containment of Europe : American hegemony and European responses --
Liberal ideology and U.S. grand strategy --
The end of the unipolar era --
The strategy of offshore balancing.
Series Title: Cornell studies in security affairs.
Responsibility: Christopher Layne.
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