chapter  7
Strategies of Superpower
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In an interconnected world, a state’s capacity to maintain peace and security depends much on the power and attitudes of its neighbors, which have other neighbors of their own. The web of interstate relations across Eurasia was exceptionally broad and dynamic in our period of study.2 Eventually it would entangle the empires. Let us take a clockwise tour of Eurasia, beginning at the Roman Empire’s north border and ending at its east (Map 13).