Small states: Surviving, perishing and proliferating through history

Matthias Maass

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World history is, in part, also the history of the small state and its survival, perishing and proliferation. This chapter brings the small state back into the mainstream discourses of world affairs: past, present and future. After setting out definitional and temporal stages, this chapter proceeds chronologically. The exploration of the small state’s fate in the later seventeenth and in the eighteenth centuries is followed by an inquiry into the small states’ increasingly complex but also growingly supportive security environment of the twentieth century, the Cold War and the immediate post-Cold War. It concludes with a critical outlook on the current and likely future security environment in which small states survive.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHandbook on the Politics of Small States
PublisherEdward Elgar Publishing Ltd.
Number of pages18
ISBN (Electronic)9781788112932
ISBN (Print)9781788112925
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Jan 1

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Publisher Copyright:
© Godfrey Baldacchino and Anders Wivel 2020. All rights reserved.

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences(all)


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