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Alliances as means for stability within the international system; a comparative analysis of Czech and Russian diplomatic efforts from the end of the first World War

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Title: Alliances as means for stability within the international system; a comparative analysis of Czech and Russian diplomatic efforts from the end of the first World War
Author(s): Maynard, Brendan P.
Advisor(s): Leff, Carol
Department / Program: Russian,E European,Eurasn Ctr
Discipline: Russian, E Eur, Eurasian St
Degree Granting Institution: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree: M.A.
Genre: Thesis
Subject(s): International Relations Czechoslovakia Czech Republic Russia Soviet Union
Abstract: With the emergence of the nation-state as the paramount political unit within the international system, alliances have become a key mechanism for the preservation of peace and stability. International relations theorists, while differing on the motives behind state behavior, agree that states seek to develop relationships with one another of a desire for security. Despite extensive research on the theories behind state behavior, little effort has been made to offer a comparative analysis of the diplomatic efforts of states such as Czechoslovakia and the Soviet Union, and alterations in behavior following their dissolutions. In order to compete my study, I examine the two primary theories within the field of international relations, realism and liberalism, and apply them to the primary diplomatic efforts of Czech and Russian leaders following the conclusion of the First World War. I conclude that, while both states develop alliances during the immediate aftermath of the war which support realist thinking, they shift their behavior following the conclusion of the communist era in central and eastern Europe and begin to behave in a manner predicted by the liberal theory.
Issue Date: 2011-08-26
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/2142/26361
Rights Information: Copyright 2011 Brendan P. Maynard
Date Available in IDEALS: 2013-08-27
Date Deposited: 2011-08
 

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