Chapter 4 The hegemon
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In international affairs a single state has frequently emerge as the coordinator and the superpower. Britain in the nineteenth century and America after the Second World War have taken on the law and order function because no other entity had the wealth and power to impose its interests and beliefs. Stability is preferable to chaos but it may necessitate a loss of sovereignty which smaller countries dismiss as neomercantilism and neoimperialism. The possibility is explored that a new country or agglomeration of countries might be evolving into a new locus of military and economic power.

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