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"Myths of Empire offers the best-developed theory to date of the domestic sources of international conflict and security policy. . . . Snyder has taken a major step toward ending the theoretical impoverishment of the study of the domestic sources of international conflict."―American Political Science Review



"In support of his case, Snyder draws upon recent research into the determinant of foreign policy of the leading powers since the mid-19th century. . . . Historians and still more international relations specialists will find much of interest in this analysis."―Times Higher Education Supplement



"A superb analysis of one of the most dangerous ills that can beset the foreign policy of a great power. Political scientists will benefit from Snyder's mastery of history and the challenging case he makes for the significance of the politics of domestic coalitions as the root of overextension."―Michael Doyle, author of Empires

About the Author

Jack Snyder is the Robert and Renée Belfer Professor of International Relations in the Department of Political Science and Institute of War and Peace Studies at Columbia University. He is the author of The Ideology of the Offensive: Military Decision Making and the Disasters of 1914; Myths of Empire: Domestic Politics and International Ambition (both published by Cornell); and From Voting to Violence: Democratization and Nationalist Conflict; and is the coeditor of Civil Wars, Insecurity, and Intervention.

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Product Details

  • Series: Cornell Studies in Security Affairs
  • Paperback: 344 pages
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press; 50579th edition (March 28, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0801497647
  • ISBN-13: 978-0801497643
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #701,317 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By John F. Daniel on October 28, 2005
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A unique look at how domestic politics lead to imperial over-stretch. A classic in the poli sci field that will guide thinkers for years to come.
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Some interest and thought provoking concepts, however it is more narrative history with a few rough links than true theory. The author falls into the trap of inventing terminology that is too broad to truly represent something new for the lexicon. Hence the universal imperative of acting quickly before its too late becomes the 'logic of windows'.... The two main case studies are Germany and Japan. Except Germany under Hitler which doesn't fit. Britain is also studied, as one would expect, but again does not follow the theory as Britain was basically more sensible and open about its expansion according to Snyder. Overall interesting history, questionable international relations.
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Snyder's well researched and beautifully written piece is of immense empirical and theoretical value, trying to explain overxpansion, countering the limited application of Neorealism to foreign policy and severely injuring strategic-culture explanations (whose origins are attributed to Snyder himself in the late 70's!).
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