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Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome

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This ground-breaking study is the first to employ modern international relations theory to place Roman militarism and expansion of power within the broader Mediterranean context of interstate anarchy. Arthur M. Eckstein challenges claims that Rome was an exceptionally warlike and aggressive state—not merely in modern but in ancient terms—by arguing that intense militarism ...more
Hardcover, 389 pages
Published February 13th 2007 by University of California Press (first published January 1st 2007)
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This book brought up an idea of why Rome came to be the preeminent Mediterranean power that hadn't really been explored extensively yet. Eckstein chose to explain it in modern Realist terms of political relations and alliances, rather than the raw brutality and tendencies towards violence which characterized the period - something he argues was not unique to Rome at all, nor were they "better" at it than anyone, as was the prevailing theory.
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Oct 22, 2009 Ross rated it it was ok
Promising approach but disappointing execution - way too repetitive and dogmatically 'realist', hardly deviating at all from the Word of Waltz.

I should note that I gave up on it around 120 pages in because I didn't feel like I had learned anything new up 'til then. I guess the rest of it might be more enlightening.
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