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Leadership in International Relations: The Balance of Power and the Origins of World War II Hardcover – September 15, 2010

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"In Leadership in International Relations, Ariel Ilan Roth makes an important contribution to the literature on balance of power by restoring the role of leaders and leadership. Examining Prime Ministers Stanley Baldwin and Neville Chamberlain in the 1930s, Roth goes beyond the findings of structural realist theories to account for why Britain did not balance effectively. Roth's account allows the reader to understand how leaders matter in the formulation and the mechanics of the balance of power." - Steven E. Lobell, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Utah

"Roth provides a compelling exploration of the interaction between the balance of power and individual leaders. Leadership in International Relations uses rich historical research from 1930s Britain to offer a nuanced description of how leaders can succeed - and fail - in making their countries more secure." - Daniel Byman, Georgetown School of Foreign Service

About the Author

ARIEL ILAN ROTH is Associate Director of National Security Studies at Johns Hopkins University, USA.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 201 pages
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan; 2010 edition (September 15, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230106900
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230106901
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.5 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,670,225 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Roth does a great job integrating international relations theory with a detailed historical analysis of the British response to the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s. This detailed examination of the decisions made by top British leaders in the 1930s makes at least two important contributions: (1) Demonstrates that we need to integrate multiple levels of analysis when trying to explain important outcomes in international politics. (2) Balancing is about more than just spending money on weapons. Balancing failures sometimes are caused by choosing the wrong weapons systems.
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