Loading, please wait...
:

product description page

Fragile Rise : Grand Strategy and the Fate of Imperial Germany, 1871- 1914 (Hardcover) (Xu Qiyu)

Fragile Rise : Grand Strategy and the Fate of Imperial Germany, 1871- 1914 (Hardcover) (Xu Qiyu) - image 1 of 1

About this item

A series of solemn anniversary events have marked the centenary of World War I. Could history repeat itself in today's geopolitics? Now, as then, a land power with a growing economy and a maritime power with global commitments are the two leading states in the international system. Most ominously, the outbreak of war in 1914 is a stark reminder that nations cannot rely on economic interdependence and ongoing diplomacy to keep the peace.

In Fragile Rise, Xu Qiyu offers a Chinese perspective on the course of German grand strategy in the decades before World War I. Xu shows how Germany's diplomatic blunders turned its growing power into a liability instead of an asset. Bismarck's successors provoked tension and conflict with the other European great powers. Germany's attempts to build a powerful navy alienated Britain. Fearing an assertive Germany, France and Russia formed an alliance, leaving the declining Austro-Hungarian Empire as Germany's only major ally.

Xu's account demonstrates that better strategy and statesmanship could have made a difference -- for Germany and Europe. His analysis offers important lessons for the leaders of China and other countries. Fragile Rise reminds us that the emergence of a new great power creates risks that can be managed only by adroit diplomats, including the leaders of the emerging power. In the twenty-first century, another great war may not be inevitable. Heeding the lessons of Fragile Rise could make it even less likely.

Number of Pages: 341
Genre: Political Science, History
Series Title: Belfer Center Studies in International Security
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Mit Pr
Author: Xu Qiyu
Language: English
Street Date: December 30, 2016
TCIN: 51879770
UPC: 9780262036054
Item Number (DPCI): 248-36-4298
If the item details above aren’t accurate or complete, we want to know about it. Report incorrect product info.
$30.40
MSRPwas $32.00

Guest reviews

Prices, promotions, styles and availability may vary by store & online. See our price match guarantee. See how a store is chosen for you.