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The Weary Titan


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List of Tables and Maps xi Preface xiii List of Abbreviations xvii Chapter One: International Relations Theory and the Assessment of National Power 3 Chapter Two: Economic Power: The Loss of Industrial PReeminence 21 Chapter Three: Financial Power: The Growing Burdens of Empire 89 Chapter Four: Sea Power: The Surrender of Worldwide Supremacy 135 Chapter Five: Land Power: The Dilemma of Indian Defense 209 Chapter Six: Change, Assessment, and Adaption 279 Chapter Seven: Britain and the Experience of Relative Decline 292 Afterword to the 2010 Edition 305 Bibliography 319 Index 337

About the Author

Aaron L. Friedberg is professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University. He is the author of "In the Shadow of the Garrison State" (Princeton).


Winner of the 1989 Edgar S. Furniss Book Award, Mershon Center for International Security Studies, Ohio State University "Friedberg's study is a valuable new contribution to this important issue, and both historians and political scientists will be indebted to him for it... The Weary Titan provide[s] us with the cautionary message that 'national security' in the proper sense of the term involves much more than military security."--Paul Kennedy, New York Review of Books "[Friedberg's] central conclusion is compelling: when measuring power, perceptions matter... Friedberg warns against playing the role of a world power without being willing to pay for the privilege."--Joseph S. Nye, Jr., New Republic "One of the best books ever written about the decline of a great power, in this case Great Britain at the end of the 19th century. It is instructive in the ways the United States of today may be like but also strikingly unlike Britain."--Robert Kagan, Foreign Policy

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