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Polarity and War: The Weak Case for the Bipolar Stability Theory

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Authors
Dylan Motin
Issue Date
2020-06
Publisher
Institute of International Affairs, Graduate School of International Studies, Seoul National University
Citation
Journal of International and Area Studies, Vol.27 No.1, pp. 101-120
Keywords
bipolaritymultipolaritymajor warpeaceinternational system
Abstract
The idea that bipolarity is more stable than multipolarity has become dominant in the last decades. However, few studies have used historical cases of bipolarity for supporting or contradicting this theory. This paper briefly describes all the known cases of bipolar systems in history, with their duration, the distribution of power, and major wars. It then compares the occurrence of major war under both bipolarity and multipolarity. The results of this study show that bipolar systems are more unstable than multipolar ones.
ISSN
1226-8550
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/174941
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Graduate School of International Studies (국제대학원)Dept. of International Studies (국제학과)Journal of International and Area Studies (JIAS)Journal of International and Area Studies vol.27 (2020)
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