The Emerging Structure of International Politics

  title={The Emerging Structure of International Politics},
  author={Kenneth N. Waltz},
  journal={International Security},
  pages={44 - 79}
Structure of International Politics I F o r more than three hundred years, the drama of modern history has turned on the rise and fall of great powers. In the multipolar era, twelve great powers appeared on the scene at one time or another. At the beginning of World War 11, seven remained; at its conclusion, two. Always before, as some states sank, others rose to take their places. World War I1 broke the pattern; for the first time in a world of sovereign states, bipolarity prevailed. In a 1964… Expand

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