Myths of Empire : Domestic Politics and International Ambition / Jack Snyder.
- Ithaca, NY : Cornell University Press, 
- Cornell studies in security affairs.
Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
1 online resource (342 p.)
- World politics -- 20th century.
World politics -- 19th century.
- Electronic books.
- 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.
1. The Myth Of Security Through Expansion
2. Three Theories Of Overexpansion
3. Germany And The Pattern Of Late Development
4. Japan's Bid For Autarky
5. Social Imperialism In Victorian Britain
6. Soviet Politics And Strategic Learning
7. America's Cold War Consensus
8. Overexpansion: Origins And Antidotes
- Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Description based on online resource; title from PDF title page (publisher's Web site, viewed 20. Sep 2019)
- Publisher Number:
- 10.7591/9780801468605 doi
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