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Allies yet rivals : international politics in 18th century Europe /
Marco Cesa ; translated by Patrick John Barr.
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2010.
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vii, 294 p. ; 24cm.
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9780804762953 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, c2010.
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9780804762953 (cloth : alk. paper)
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Alliances in the theory of international relations -- The relational nature of alliances -- Types of alliance -- The guarantee alliance : Great Britain and the United Provinces, 1702-1756 -- The hegemonic alliance : Great Britain and France, 1716-1731 -- The aggregation alliance : Great Britain and Prussia, 1756-1762 -- The deadlocked alliance : Austria and France, 1756-1785.
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7264105
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. [259]-281) and index.
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"Marco Cesa breaks new ground in exploring the dynamics of alliance formation from a domestic perspective, drawing on classical European political theory and historical case studies to arrive at important insights about interstate association. His work is at the cutting edge of contemporary international relations scholarship in the realist tradition."--Craig Nation, Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College
"Marco Cesa breaks new ground in exploring the dynamics of alliance formation from a domestic perspective, drawing on classical European political theory and historical case studies to arrive at important insights about interstate association. His work is at the cutting edge of contemporary international relations scholarship in the realist tradition."Craig Nation, Strategic Studies Institute, United States Army War College
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Alliances are characterized by an inherent struggle for power between the allies themselves to deal with a common external enemy. Yet diplomatic history clearly shows that, at the best of times, this cooperative dimension is only one of the many aspects in play: alongside it, or even in its place, there are often strong elements of competition between allies. Building upon this insight, Marco Cesa argues that alliances are first of all a tool aimed at rendering predictable behavior from an ally by securing its cooperation. He also takes issue with the way alliances are often discussed as if they were all alike. Accordingly, the book provides a typology of alliances that distinguishes four possible types and sheds light on interallied relations, indicating their causes and effects. Historical case studies from 18th-century Europe, beginning with the War of the Spanish Succession and proceeding chronologically until the eve of the French Revolution, offer readers an overview of almost the entire century.
Table of Contents
List of Tablesp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. 1
Alliance Theory
Alliances in the Theory of International Relationsp. 9
The Nature of the Problemp. 9
Alliances and the Balance of Powerp. 11
Balancing vs. Bandwagoning, External vs. Domestic Causesp. 15
The Complexity of Alliancesp. 20
Inter-Allied Relationsp. 24
The Relational Nature of Alliancesp. 28
Anarchy and Securityp. 28
System and Systemic Positionp. 31
The Search for Conformityp. 35
Exchange and Power Between Alliesp. 40
The Costs and Benefits of Alliancesp. 43
Types of Alliancep. 47
Allies and Dilemmasp. 47
Adversaries, Allies, and Dilemmasp. 51
Toward a Typology of Alliancesp. 53
Symmetrical and Asymmetrical Alliancesp. 56
Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Alliancesp. 61
Four Types of Alliancep. 67
From Theory to Historyp. 79
Four Case Studies
The Guarantee Alliance: Great Britain and the United Provinces, 1702-1756p. 85
A Homogeneous, Asymmetrical Alliancep. 85
Wealth and Security: The 1674 Trade Treaty and the 1678 Naval Treatyp. 90
The Functioning of the Alliancep. 93
The War of the Spanish Succession and Britain's Separate Peacep. 98
The Alliance and Britain's "Preponderance"p. 104
The Common Enemy: France and the Wars of Polish and Austrian Successionp. 109
The Final Demise of the Old Systemp. 114
The Hegemonic Alliance: Great Britain and France, 1716-1731p. 119
A Heterogeneous, Asymmetrical Alliancep. 119
Opportunities, Constraints, and Dependence: The Origins of the Alliancep. 122
The Functioning of the Alliancep. 127
The Alliance and Britain's "Preponderance"p. 131
The Alliance of Hanoverp. 136
The Crisis and the End of the Alliancep. 141
The Aggregation Alliance: Great Britain and Prussia, 1756-1762p. 147
A Homogeneous, Symmetrical Alliancep. 147
The Convention of Westminster and the Outbreak of the Seven Years' Warp. 151
The Functioning of the Alliancep. 156
The Adjustment Phasep. 160
The Period of Concordp. 164
Realignment and Break-upp. 170
The Deadlocked Alliance: Austria and France, 1756-1785p. 176
A Heterogeneous, Symmetrical Alliancep. 176
The Diplomatic Revolutionp. 181
The Functioning of the Alliancep. 185
The Second and Third Treaties of Versailles and the Seven Years' Warp. 190
The Eastern Questionp. 193
The War of the Bavarian Successionp. 200
Low Countries, United Provinces, and Bavaria (Once Again): Epiloguep. 204
Conclusionsp. 211
A Reappraisal of the Alliance Dilemmasp. 211
Classes, Types, and Polarityp. 218
The Transformation and Demise of Alliancesp. 223
Notesp. 229
Referencesp. 259
Indexp. 283
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