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Small States in World Politics: The Story of Small State Survival, 1648-2016

Matthias Maass


What is the story behind the paradoxical survival of small and weak states in a world of great powers and crude power politics? The answer lies at the system-level: Small states survival is shaped by the international states system. Resting on three main pillars – theory, history, and quantitative analysis – the study’s key findings draw a picture of the small state as highly dependent on the states system in its efforts to survive. The investigation is focused on the causal link between small state survival, abolishment, or proliferation and the states system in its various historical incarna ... More

Keywords: Small state, International states system, State survival, State proliferation, Small state security, Small state vulnerability

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780719082733
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719082733.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthias Maass, author
Yonsei University, Korea