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War and Change in World Politics

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Using history, sociology and economic theory to uncover the forces behind change in the world order, Gilpin demonstrates how and why the great powers and the growing powers interact in the contemporary world.
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 6th 2002 by Cambridge University Press (first published 1981)
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Oct 21, 2012 Trav rated it liked it
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An interesting take on the way in which change is managed in the international system. Of note, Gilpin wrote this in 1981 and it is therefore focused on the world order built primarily upon US/USSR competition. The end of the Cold War resulted in a peaceful yet revolutionary "Systemic Change" in the international system, now with the increasing integration of Europe and the rise of China we are presented with another potential systemic change in the coming years. What is most interesting about t ...more
Kw Estes
Jul 18, 2011 Kw Estes rated it liked it
Gilpin proposes a realist (read: somewhat pessimistic) account of the way in which power is employed by and transferred among hegemons in the world political system. The basic takeaway, at least to myself, would seem to be that no matter how invincible a hegemon might seem in its time of glory (ie the US in the decades immediately after WWII), nature will take its course, the hegemon's global responsibilities will exceed what it can afford to expend, its citizens will lose their martial spirit, ...more
Raj Agrawal
Oct 20, 2013 Raj Agrawal rated it it was amazing
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[Disclaimer: This is a snapshot of my thoughts on this book after just reading it. This is not meant to serve as a summary of main/supporting points or a critique – only as some words on how I engaged with this book for the purposes of building a theoretical framework on strategy.]

Gilpin builds on Waltz’s third image by focusing on the idea of self-interest as the primary motivation for states in the international system. His presentation of economics is a bit more flexible than Waltz’s, as Gilp
Claire Leavitt
May 07, 2014 Claire Leavitt rated it it was amazing
Another not-just-for-political-scientists read. If all academic tomes were this good, Nicholas Kristof wouldn't be writing articles about the so-called irrelevance of our discipline.
Emil Milanov
Apr 06, 2013 Emil Milanov rated it it was amazing
Refreshing in its sweep and depth, "War and Change" tackles some of the most complex questions in IR as a field of study. Gilpin's take on change is different from that of most contemporary authors. Some of the implications of his conclusions for this second decade of the 21st century are troubling, indeed... All the more reason for both students and practitioners in the field to read it.
Chase Parsley
Jun 08, 2013 Chase Parsley rated it really liked it
A gem covering a broad sweep of political science. The cold war stuff is a bit dated but does not detract from a enlightening and wonderful read. Also, I wish Gilpin would explain each hegemonic power over history more - calling the Dutch and Portuguese hegemonic powers along with Great Britain in the 1800s warrants some conversation, etc.
Jed Trott
Mar 27, 2008 Jed Trott rated it it was amazing
This is the book I most agree with and that has probably influenced my thinking the most in regards to well "War and Change in World Politics". Gilpin is more a classical realist rather than a pseudo-scientific neorealist. His examples are interesting and diverse and his view of hegemonic change is dynamic and comprehensive.
Jul 27, 2008 nanto rated it liked it
Buku awal yang menjadikan Gilpin identik dengan Hegemonic Stability theory, khususnya the declining perspectives.
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