Myths of Empire

Myths of Empire

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… (more)

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Publisher: Cornell University Press (May 21, 2013)

Collection: Cornell Studies in Security Affairs

Parent ISBN: 9780801497643

Page count: 344 pages

Language: English


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