Dominoes and Bandwagons: Strategic Beliefs and Great Power Competition in the Eurasian Rimland

Hardcover | January 1, 1991

EditorRobert Jervis, Jack Snyder

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Fearing the loss of Korea and Vietnam would touch off a chain reaction of other countries turning communist, the United States fought two major wars in the hinterlands of Asia. What accounts for such exaggerated alarm, and what were its consequences? Is a fear of the domino effect permanentlyrooted in the American strategic psyche, or has the United States now adopted a less alarmist approach? The essays in this book address these questions by examining domino thinking in United States and Soviet Cold War strategy, and in earlier historic settings. Combining theory and history inanalyzing issues relevant to current public policy, Dominoes and Bandwagons examines the extent to which domino fears were a rational response, a psychological reaction, or a tactic in domestic politics.

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Fearing the loss of Korea and Vietnam would touch off a chain reaction of other countries turning communist, the United States fought two major wars in the hinterlands of Asia. The essays in the book address questions by exploring domino thinking in United States and Soviet Cold War strategy, as well as in earlier historic settings.

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Fearing the loss of Korea and Vietnam would touch off a chain reaction of other countries turning communist, the United States fought two major wars in the hinterlands of Asia. What accounts for such exaggerated alarm, and what were its consequences? Is a fear of the domino effect permanentlyrooted in the American strategic psyche, or ...

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Fearing the loss of Korea and Vietnam would touch off a chain reaction of other countries turning communist, the United States fought two major wars in the hinterlands of Asia. The essays in the book address questions by exploring domino thinking in United States and Soviet Cold War strategy, as well as in earlier historic settings.

Robert Jervis and Jack Snyder are both at Columbia University.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.49 × 6.26 × 1.02 inPublished:January 1, 1991Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Fearing the loss of Korea and Vietnam would touch off a chain reaction of other countries turning communist, the United States fought two major wars in the hinterlands of Asia. The essays in the book address questions by exploring domino thinking in United States and Soviet Cold War strategy, as well as in earlier historic settings.

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"There have been remarkably few systematic, scholarly analyses of the domino theory or empirical/historical evaluations of its validity. This excellent book has gone a long way to fill the gap."--American Political Science Review