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Networks of DominationThe Social Foundations of Peripheral Conquest in International Politics$
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Paul MacDonald

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199362165

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199362165.001.0001

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Networks of Domination

Networks of Domination

The Social Foundations of Peripheral Conquest

(p.46) Chapter 2 Networks of Domination
Networks of Domination

Paul K. Macdonald

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops an alternative explanation for peripheral conquest that focuses on the importance of patterns of collaboration and resistance in shaping conquest in the periphery. It highlights the dilemmas faced by local elites when deciding whether or not to collaborate with potential conquerors, and the role that existing social ties can play in shaping choices to assist or resist foreign conquerors. It also develops a framework to understand the challenge of resistance, and how different patterns of integration and fragmentation within peripheral societies can influence their capacity to generate and sustain opposition to alien rule. Taken together, these patterns of collaboration and resistance help explain which strategies conquerors can employ and when these strategies will be successful.

Keywords:   conquest, collaboration, resistance, social ties

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