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Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Problems of Our Time
Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Problems of Our Time
By Gordon A. Craig and Alexander L. George
Oxford, 1982, 288 pp

This is a combined historical and contemporary look at international relations by two distinguished scholars. They deal first with the changing nature of the international system, from the Peace of Westphalia to the present day, then those factors-negotiation, deterrence, crisis management, détente-on which the maintenance of balanced power and world peace have depended. The book's great value is in raising the vital questions, without claiming to have all the answers, and in providing apt historical examples of the points under study.