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This chapter of the book Global Political Economy and the Modern State System presents the organisation of different parts of the book. The first part of the book reviews various scientific approaches that have significantly shaped the debates on global rivalries throughout the twentieth century. The second part of the book describes four structural characteristics of capitalism, and uses them to redress deficient definitions of capitalism, and, through an additional analytical step, to concretise their shifts through space and time. The third part of the book examines the ratio of 'hard' and 'soft' in the contemporary mix of geopolitics in the context of an unstable international economy. The chapter takes up the non-reality of unquestioned American imperialism, the conflict-laden international 'partnerships' even within transatlantic space, and the potential for escalating conflict given the rise of the People's Republic of China.

Keywords: American imperialism; capitalism; geopolitics; global political economy; global rivalries; international partnerships; modern state system; People's Republic of China



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