The Soviet Challenge and the Structure of European Security

By: Macdonald, Hugh

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Hardcover with dust jacket, light blue cloth with silver spine titles, 14.5 by 22 cm, ix 318 pp. Very good with light edgewear to the jacket, and minor bumping to the spine ends; the textblock is lightly yellowed. From the front flap: “This important and original new book reexamines the structure of international relations in Europe since 1945 and its implications for security in the region. The Cold War is treated as a continuing process of international political behavior among states pursuing different, incompatible, but not uncompromising security interests. Perceived as a contest in ideology it is real but consequent, and therefore a theoretical puzzle […] The central argument is that our experience of war and images of aggression has produced an elaborate system of deterrence which ‘works,’ but at the cost of great and possibly dangerous over preparedness for nuclear war, and inapposite explanations of the kinds of instabilities which might disrupt the underlying structure. Despite rigidities of both objective and subjective kinds, this should be viewed as a chosen condition. And so choice remains open. An understanding of the place nuclear weapons and conventional military power occupy in this flux of security considerations cannot be adequately provided by theories of deterrence, but requires a synthesis of historical, strategic, economic and other considerations. This in turn suggests the potential for negotiating security as a social property among and within the states of the post-war international order.”

Title: The Soviet Challenge and the Structure of European Security

Author Name: Macdonald, Hugh

Categories: Political Science, History, Europe,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: Hampshire, England, Edward Elgar : 1990

ISBN Number: 1852780029

ISBN Number 13: 9781852780029

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good

Jacket Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: 3390