Multipolar continental balance on the Eurasian mainland

Research by Csaba Barnabás Horváth

Throughout the 18th-19th century, the European order was shaped by a multipolar power balance on the continent, with Britain as an offshore maritime island nation pursuing a strategy of keeping the continental powers in balance, preventing any of them from achiving hegemony over the others. Several trends today suggest a similar international order being reformed, but this time with Eurasia as the continent characterized by a multipolar balance of continental powers, and the United States as the maritime power offshore pursuing a similar continental balancing strategy, as Britain did in the period before 1914.

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