How do we interpret the recent changes in world politics and what is the future likely to hold? The contributors to this volume share an assumption that history repeats itself. The book places the events of the past few years in broad historical context, examining how the political, military and economic arrangements of the past are reflected in current events. By tracing historical patterns in Western Europe, Russia, East Asia, Latin America and the United States, the contributors aim to provide a new perspective on the pressing questions and conflicts that characterize international politics now and in the years to come.

chapter 1|7 pages


chapter 2|24 pages

The End of the Seventy-Years' Crisis

Trilateralism and the New World Order

chapter 3|25 pages

Mitteleuropa and East Asia

The Return of History and the Redefinition of Security

chapter 4|23 pages

Taming of Power

German Unification, 1989-1990

chapter 5|28 pages

The Riddle of the Rhine

France, Germany, and the Geopolitics of European Integration, 1919—1992

chapter 6|26 pages

Transforming Russia

A Comparison of Reforms Under Alexander II and Mikhail Gorbachev

chapter 7|22 pages

East Asia's America Problem

chapter 8|19 pages

Pax (Norte) Americana

Latin America After the Cold War

chapter 9|38 pages

After Desert Storm

Interest, Ideology, and in American Foreign Policy