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Unformatted text preview: I N TL 4280 M itchell Tues/Thurs 9:30-10:45 Tuesday, 12 Februa ry 2008 Chapter V Chechnya Main puzzle secession from an empire o Does the collapse of an empire create ethnic conflict, and if so, how? Historical explanations o Systemic the impact that international environment has on the behavior of states Realism, neo-realism system of international anarchy influences the behavior of states States are concerned about power and security Role of the hegemon other powers rise relatively o Meterocentric states (internal factors) drive behavior Paul Kennedy great powers decline because of imperial overstretch Great power spreads itself too thin militarily and power declines o Pericentric second actor influences behavior Knutsen the power of empires decline after a major battle with another state o Role of Nationalism? Taras and Gangley Was the USSR an empire? o Was the SU able to Russiafy the non-Russian people? Russiafication a measure to which nationalism existed in the empire (assimilation) Civic nationalism nationalism to the higher state 1. Territorial expansion Russia 2. Military power/force...
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