Myths of Empire Domestic Politics and International Ambition

ISBN-10: 0801497647

ISBN-13: 9780801497643

Edition: 1993

Authors: Jack Snyder
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Description: Overextension is the common pitfall of empires. Why does it occur? What are the forces that cause the great powers of the industrial era to pursue aggressive foreign policies? Jack Snyder identifies recurrent myths of empire, describes the varieties of overextension to which they lead, and criticizes the traditional explanations offered by historians and political scientists. He tests three competing theories—realism, misperception, and domestic coalition politics—against five detailed case studies: early twentieth-century Germany, Japan in the interwar period, Great Britain in the Victorian era, the Soviet Union after World War II, and the United States during the Cold War. The Resulting insights run counter to much that has been written about these apparently familiar instances of empire building.

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List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 1993
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 3/28/1993
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 344
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Acknowledgments
The Myth of Security through Expansion
Three Theories of Overexpansion
Germany and the Pattern of Late Development
Japan's Bid for Autarky
Social Imperialism in Victorian Britain
Soviet Politics and Strategic Learning
America's Cold War Consensus
Overexpansion: Origins and Antidotes
Index
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