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Notes 10-08-07 Overview 1. What did we learn last lecture? 2. Snyder's theory 1. Japanese imperial expansion 2. Over-expansion in general 3. Myths of empire 4. Can realism or psychology explain myths? 5. Domestic theory of myths of empire 6. Final steps in the argument 3. Domestic theory in general 4. Course logistics 1. What did we learn last lecture? - Theories are tools for helping to explain outcomes. - In international relations, there are too many causes for the outcomes we care about. We need simplifying guidelines to organize our thinking. - According to Waltz, international relation outcomes can be the result of broad contextual factors. 2. Snyder's theory 1. Japanese imperial expansion 1. The outcome that Snyder is trying to explain 2. Snyder claims this is one of the worst cases of imperial overstretch, which meant that Japan was picking a fight with the U.S. and had no chance of winning – Japan should of known better. 1. A colonel warned that Japan should not go to war with the U.S., but was fired for saying so. 2. Many in Japan saw expansion as the key to all of Japan's problem – plunder the resources of conquered lands. 2. Over-expansion in general 1. Snyder states that great powers often do really dumb things that lead to self-inflicted wounds. 2. Industrialized powers risk the very survival of their states as the result of overly aggressive policies. 3. There are 2 different types of self inflicted wounds 1. Self encirclement – the notion that countries that are getting along with their neighbors to aggressive tihngs that infuriate their neighbors whih provoke a coalition of enemies that encircle the aggressive state. The most aggressive states, like Nazi Germany and
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  • Winter '08
  • Ginjer
  • World War II, Snyder, Domestic theory

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