Thucydides\' Other "Traps": The United States, China, and the Prospect Of "Inevitable" War

Thucydides\' Other "Traps": The United States, China, and the Prospect Of "Inevitable" War
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Thucydides' Other "Traps": The United States, China, and the Prospect Of "Inevitable" War
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Become engaged in a compelling and comprehensive historic perspective on today’s potential trends about the potential of warfare vs. peaceful alternatives between great powers: the focus on the U.S. and China.

Author, Alan Greely Misenheimer showcases the concept of Thucydides and trends to warfare through Harvard’s science professor, Graham Allison’s representation of Thucydides in this case study for a possibility of war outcome.  However, Greely Misenheimer contends that these past conceptual theories with Greek civilization are relational in today’s world for comparisons and similarities between decision making, processes of government, building allies and alliances, and economic power that appear to be present with current U.S.-China negotiations. The arguments in this thought-provoking text point to leaders to determine the outcomes for diplomacy rather than war.

A Glance through the Key Features:

  • From the Aegean to the South (and East) China Sea
  • Reactions to the Thucydides Trap
  • Power Transition Theory before the Thucydides Trap
  • What Does Thucydides Actually Say about the Origins of the War?
  • In Search of Causality and Necessity: Aitiai and Prophasis
  • Fear, Honor, and Interest, and Thucydides’ other “Traps”
  • Conclusions: Destined for Difficult Diplomacy, Not for War
  • Geography, History, Destiny

 

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Table of Contents

Introduction. 1

From the Aegean to the South (and East) China Sea  4

Reactions to the Thucydides Trap 7

Power Transition Theory before the Thucydides Trap  9

What Does Thucydides Actually Say about the Origins of the War? 10

In Search of Causality and Necessity: Aitiai and Prophasis 15

Fear, Honor, and Interest, and Thucydides’ other “Traps” 18

Trap 1: National Character 19

Trap 2: Governing System  20

Trap 3: Domestic Tranquility 21

Trap 4: Economic Power. 22

Trap 5: Leaders .23

Trap 6: Allies and Alliances 26

Trap 7: The Role of Tykē (Chance) in Peace and War .28

Assessing the “Allison Trap” 28

Conclusions: Destined for Difficult Diplomacy, Not for War 34

Geography, History, Destiny 37

Appendix  41

Notes 43

About the Author 62

Audience

A variety of individuals could be drawn to this classic portrayal of the essence of war such as: senior military and government officials engaged in defense matters, defense contractors, educators and students of military and foreign relations with emphasis upon China and the Pacific Rim, scholars of classical history such as ancient Egypt, Persia, Greek and Roman, and citizens having a global and progressive interest in better understanding the philosophical underpinnings of the nature of “men at war” and the needs for determining outcomes other than war and the needs for determining  outcomes other than war.

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Defense Dept., National Defense University, National War College
Author:
  • Misenheimer, Alan Greeley
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The notion of a "Thucydides Trap" that will ensnare China and the United States in a 21st century conflict-much as the rising power of Athens alarmed Sparta and made war "inevitable" between the Aegean superpowers of the 5th century BCE-has received global attention since entering the international relations lexicon 6 years ago. Scholars, journalists, bloggers, and po
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  • liticians in many countries, notably China, have embraced this beguiling metaphor, coined by Harvard political science professor Graham Allison, as a framework for examining the likelihood
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Record Creation Date:
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