Lt. Gen. E.A. KARPOV Candidate of Military Sciences
Col. G.A. MOKHOROV Doctor of Historical Sciences, Professor
Col. V.A. RODIN (Ret.) Doctor of Philosophical Sciences, Professor
Throughout centuries, mankind used to wage numerous wars without creating any lasting military-political unions of states. It was only the epoch of transition from feudalism to capitalism that saw the emergence of prerequisites for military-political coalitions in the true sense of this concept. The term "military coalition" itself was first introduced in the late 18th century to designate the military-political alliance, which Austria and Prussia concluded in 1792 in order to oppose proliferation of influence of the French Revolution. Later the alliance was joined by Russia, which played the decisive role in the rout of Napoleonic France. As interstate ties became stronger in the 19th and 20th centuries, particularly so in consequence of stepped-up struggle for division and re-division of spheres of influence, development of military-political alliances received a new impetus. Coalitions grew in importance not only as a tool of warfare but also as a factor impacting on the world structure and the entire course of world development, something that entailed the creation of large-scale interregional alliances of states.
To grasp the intricacies of the complicated process of bloc formation, we will employ methodological props afforded by synergetics (which its creators called "a new world view").
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