The Great Powers and International Order

  • Hedley Bull


In this chapter I propose to consider the following:
  1. (i)

    What are the great powers?

  2. (ii)

    What role do great powers play in relation to international order?

  3. (iii)

    What is the role of the great powers in relation to international order at the present time?



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Notes and References

  1. 1.
    See, for example, George Liska, Imperial America. The International Politics of Primacy, Studies in International Affairs, no. 2 (Washington: Centre of Foreign Policy Research, Johns Hopkins University, School of Advanced International Studies, 1967).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    See speech by Mr Eisaku Sato in the United Nations General Assembly (October 1970), The Japan Times (22 October 1970); and speech in the Diet (November 1970), The Japan Times (26 November 1970).Google Scholar
  3. 5.
    W. T. R. Fox, The Super Powers: The United States, Britain and the Soviet UnionTheir Responsibility for Peace (New York: Harcourt Brace, 1944).Google Scholar
  4. 6.
    But see Oran Young, The Politics of Force: Bargaining During International Crises (Princeton University Press, 1968); andGoogle Scholar
  5. Coral Bell, The Conventions of Crisis: A Study in Diplomatic Management (Oxford University Press, 1971).Google Scholar
  6. 7.
    See Carsten Holbraad, Super Powers and International Conflict (London: Macmillan, 1979) ch. 5.Google Scholar
  7. 8.
    See Georg Schwarzenberger, ‘Hegemonial Intervention’, Yearbook of World Affairs (London: Stevens & Son, 1959).Google Scholar
  8. 9.
    On the ‘Brezhnev Doctrine’, see Theodor Schweisfurth, ‘Moscow Doctrine as a Norm of International Law’, Aussen Politik, vol. 22, I (1971).Google Scholar
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    Lord Curzon, Frontiers (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1907) p. 42.Google Scholar
  10. 11.
    M. F. Lindley, The Acquisition and Government of Backward Territory in International Law (London: Longmans, 1926).Google Scholar
  11. 12.
    Quoted in ibid. p. 208.Google Scholar
  12. 13.
    Walter Lippmann, U.S. War Aims (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1944).Google Scholar
  13. 15.
    These terms are analysed at length by Carsten Holbraad in ‘Condominium and Concert’, in The Super Powers and World Order, ed. Holbraad (Canberra: Australian National University Press, 1971).Google Scholar
  14. 16.
    See John Strachey, On the Prevention of War (London: Macmillan, 1962).Google Scholar

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