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The Shadow of the Past: Reputation and Military Alliances before the First World War

Gregory D. Miller


This book examines the role that reputation plays in international politics, emphasizing the importance of reliability—confidence that, based on past political actions, a country will make good on its promises—in the formation of military alliances. Challenging recent scholarship that focuses on the importance of credibility—a state’s reputation for following through on its threats—the book finds that reliable states have much greater freedom in forming alliances than those that invest resources in building military force but then use it inconsistently. To explore the formation and maintenance ... More

Keywords: reputation, international politics, reliability, military alliances, First Moroccan Crisis, Bosnia-Herzegovina Crisis, Agadir Crisis

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780801450310
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: August 2016 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9780801450310.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory D. Miller, author
Oklahoma State University