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Networks of Domination: The Social Foundations of Peripheral Conquest in International Politics

Paul MacDonald

Abstract

In the nineteenth century, European states conquered vast stretches of territory across the periphery of the international system. This book challenges the conventional wisdom that these conquests were the product of European military dominance or technological superiority. In contrast, it claims that favorable social conditions helped fuel peripheral conquest. European states enjoyed greatest success when they were able to recruit local collaborators and exploit divisions among elites in targeted societies. Different configurations of social ties connecting potential conquerors with elites in ... More

Keywords: conquest, colonial expansion, military power

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199362165
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362165.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul MacDonald, author
Wellesley College