Small state survival and proliferation in twentieth-century systems of collective security and global governance, 1919–2016
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In the twentieth century, a hybrid system of power politics, collective security, and growing global governance prevailed. The twentieth century witnessed the reversal of the centuries-old downward trend in small state numbers. An environment developed that was increasingly supportive of small state survival, and the century's second half in particular became not only highly conducive to small state survival but in fact strongly supportive of small state proliferation. As the First World War raged on, the US president Woodrow Wilson readied himself to challenge traditional international politics and European statesmen with his Liberal agenda. Wilsonian Internationalism held much promise for the small state. Unsurprisingly, small states were enthusiastic about the emerging new order. The principle of self-determination and the Cold War era of decolonization in particular lead to an expectation of additions to the total number of small states.

Small states in world politics

The story of small state survival, 1648–2016


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