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Rising Titans, Falling GiantsHow Great Powers Exploit Power Shifts$
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Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781501725050

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501725050.001.0001

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A Formerly Great Britain

A Formerly Great Britain

Predicting U.S. and Soviet Strategy

(p.42) Chapter 2 A Formerly Great Britain
Rising Titans, Falling Giants

Joshua R. Itzkowitz Shifrinson

Cornell University Press

Chapters 2 and 3 examine the U.S. and Soviet response to the decline of the United Kingdom in the mid-to-late 1940s. Chapter 2 first reviews the course of the United Kingdom’s decline in the early post-war period, and details efforts by the United States and Soviet Union to assess Britain’s changing relative position. Subsequently, it discusses the existing literature on U.S. and Soviet policy toward Great Britain, and relates this work to the alternative arguments discussion in the Introduction. From there, it uses extensive archival research to derive predictions of U.S. and Soviet strategy in light of predation theory. These predictions are evaluated against the alternative arguments in Chapter 3.

Keywords:   United States foreign policy, Soviet foreign policy, Cold War, Postwar, Great Britain, Decline, economic power, military power, rise, decline

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