Alliances

Authored by: Carlo Masala

The Routledge Handbook of Security Studies

Print publication date:  November  2009
Online publication date:  December  2009

Print ISBN: 9780415463614
eBook ISBN: 9780203866764
Adobe ISBN: 9781135239077

10.4324/9780203866764.ch35

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Abstract

Alliances have been an important element of security policy since long before the rise of the modern nation-state. Tribes, princedoms and later nation-states have always sought out allies with whom they could pool their resources in the pursuit of common goals. Therefore, the history of alliances is as long as the history of relations between cohesive units of human coexistence.

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