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Okay, so I want to bring to your attention this new PRINT book, because it caught my eye and I want to get my hands on it ASAP and I suspect it may appeal to many of you: the Handbook of International Rivalries, 1494‚ 2010, is the latest addition to the CQ Press Correlates of War series. The Handbook explores “roughly 200 strategic rivalries‚ two states that view each other as threatening competitors to the point that they categorize their antagonists as enemies‚ that have been responsible for nearly 80 percent of the warfare of the past two hundred years. This timely reference work not only explores rivalry resolutions but also unresolved, ongoing conflicts into the 21st century. Divided into six global regions, readers will find a research-friendly template approach for each rivalry covered, that includes: location and origin, duration, rivalry type, level of conflict, status of resolution, and rivalry symmetry” and includes a lenghy bibliography and a chronological listing of rivalries (by countries, regions, and durations).
If indeed, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” perhaps consultation with this volume may at least slow down — or even prevent? — a few repetitions.
More as it happens (again and again),