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Military Audacity: Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, and China's Adventure in Korea

Kennedy, Andrew


In the study of international relations, it is popular to imagine leaders as constrained by the distribution of material power. If military balances and alliance patterns do not dictate foreign policy, they can still pose powerful incentives that leaders ignore at their peril. For this reason, leaders often give way before stronger rivals, or at least defer military conflict with them as they build up their own strength. Nonetheless, some leaders are much less deferential when the balance of...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2010
Type: Book chapter
Book Title: History and Neorealism
DOI: 10.1017/CBO9780511778551.010


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