Accession Number:

AD1015772

Title:

Terra Nullius: Frontiers and the Rise of Great Powers Within International Systems

Descriptive Note:

Technical Report

Corporate Author:

AIR UNIV MAXWELL AFB AL MAXWELL AFB United States

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Report Date:

2015-05-01

Pagination or Media Count:

62.0

Abstract:

This is a thesis about the connection between frontier strategy and international systems of order. It demonstrates how frontier exploitation fueled the rise of prominent state actors. This case demonstrates the relevant role of frontier strategy in the rise of hegemons, highlights the characteristics of three major system environments, and argues that the present system has eliminated the frontier variable from hegemonic competition for the first time in recorded history. The thesis arranges historic cases in interstate competition within three general periods named the pre-nation-state, nation-state, and American eras. The eras correspond to three distinct worlds Suzerain system nonexistent international system, developing international states system partial international system, and mature international states system complete international system. The thesis categorizes the types of frontier exploitation benefits into three major subsets of ideological, military power, and latent power advantages. The thesis asserts that the complete international states system of the modern American era inhibits traditional frontier exploitation options for aspiring future hegemons, rendering the vast majority of these development strategies obsolete. Future hegemonic rise will likely look different from the frontier-based patterns demonstrated since the beginning of recorded hegemonic competition for the first time in recorded history. The thesis arranges historic cases in interstate competition within three general periods named the pre-nation-state, nation-state, and American eras. The eras correspond to three distinct worlds Suzerain system nonexistent international system, developing international states system partial international system, and mature international states system complete international system. The thesis categorizes the types of frontier exploitation benefits into three major subsets of ideological, military power, and latent power advantages.

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Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE