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Introduction to International Relations_Towns_Date_021710

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World War I (1914-1918) Neorealist explanation that war was inadvertent – Serbians didn’t intend to harm France, for example, only to take out revenge on the Austrians. STRUCTURALISM The postulation that the changing distribution of power within the global system is the primary factor determining states’ behavior (as opposed to internal domestic factors or the individual heads of state). The power distribution determines how effectively coalitions will form. o Europeans had been inflating their militaries prior to outbreak of the war, so there was momentum behind mobilization; additionally, the alliances that existed before Ferdinand’s assassination led to a speedy escalation. Britain’s naval superiority meant that they had incredible wealth (most shipping lanes were naval), and had an empire which spanned much of the world; due to such a high concentration of power, it was rare for them to face aggression.
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