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So, do you suppose that means more war, perhaps with nuclear weapons, as occurred with the decline of Pax Britania and really during the whole era of Westphalian, balance-of-power politics, or less?  
by santiago on Mon Sep 28th, 2009 at 05:09:07 PM EST
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... a contest to see whether one Hegemon would be replaced by another, there's been war throughout the Atlantic World-System, with 1917-1945 and the Napoleanic World War the ones to occur when the Atlantic World-System had become a major influence over most of the globe.

But if we Re-Orient to the East Asian World-System, does it mean that? Does the existence of nuclear weapons change the threshold for all-out war?

I don't know. I could imagine scenarios, but to a certain extent the answers are technically unknowable, being based in part on critical decisions that have not yet been made.

I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Mon Sep 28th, 2009 at 05:45:05 PM EST
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