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Appeasement in International Politics

Rock, Stephen R.

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ISBN 10: 0813121604 / ISBN 13: 9780813121604
Published by Univ Pr of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A., 2000
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237pp. Appeasement was unfairly discredited by Neville Chamberlain's disastrous attempt to satisfy Hitler's territorial ambition, suggests the author of this work. He attempts to restore appeasement to its proper place as a legitimate and useful diplomatic strategy. Clean. Bookseller Inventory # 004761

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Title: Appeasement in International Politics

Publisher: Univ Pr of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 2000

Binding: Cloth

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Near Fine

Edition: 1st Printing

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Since the 1930s, appeasement has been labeled as a futile and possibly dangerous policy. In this landmark study, Stephen Rock seeks to restore appeasement to its proper place as a legitimate―and potentially successful―diplomatic strategy. Appeasement was discredited by Neville Chamberlain's disastrous attempt to satisfy Adolf Hitler's territorial ambitions and avoid war in 1938. Rock argues, however, that there is very little evidence to support the belief that dissatisfied states and their leaders cannot be appeased or that appeasement undermines a state's credibility in later attempts at deterrence.

Rock looks at five case studies from the past 100 years, revealing under what conditions appeasement can achieve its goals. From British appeasement of the United States near the beginning of the twentieth century to American conciliation of North Korea in the early 1990s, Rock concludes that appeasement succeeds or fails depending on the nature of the adversary, the nature of the inducements used on the antagonist, and the existence of other incentives for the adversary to acquiesce. Appeasement in International Politics suggests the type of appeasement strategy most appropriate for various situations. The options range from pure inducements, reciprocity, to a mixture of inducements and threats. In addition to this theoretical framework, Rock's explicit comparison of appeasement and deterrence offers important guidelines for policymakers on when and how to implement a strategy of appeasement.

At a time when the strategy of engagement plays an increasingly central―and controversial―role in U.S. foreign policy, Appeasement in International Politics reestablishes the long-discredited use of inducements as an effective means of preventing conflict.

About the Author:

Stephen R. Rock, professor of political science at Vassar College, is the author of Why Peace Breaks Out: Great Power Rapprochement in Historical Perspective and Faith and Foreign Policy: The Views and Influence of U.S. Christians and Christian Organizations.

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