Incidents and International Relations: People, Power, and Personalities

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Historians often ignore, treat cursorily, or relegate to footnotes specific incidents in international relations in order to facilitate the construction of a larger narrative. The contributors to this volume argue that researchers do so to their peril, as individual or seemingly isolated incidents can play significant roles in the overall course of history. Incidents are crucial in determining the mental maps that decision makers form regarding the countries and individuals with whom they interact. Incidents can ...

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Historians often ignore, treat cursorily, or relegate to footnotes specific incidents in international relations in order to facilitate the construction of a larger narrative. The contributors to this volume argue that researchers do so to their peril, as individual or seemingly isolated incidents can play significant roles in the overall course of history. Incidents are crucial in determining the mental maps that decision makers form regarding the countries and individuals with whom they interact. Incidents can either initiate or block new policies with consequences that are both far-reaching and unexpected.

People make foreign policy and an understanding of what elements of an incident were important to these individuals at key points essential to an appreciation of policies subsequently advocated. How individuals view other cultures and nations, how they react to the actions of such nations, and their perceptions of such actions all form key components in this study. Using a variety of examples, these essays show the value of detailed examinations of events, illuminating such matters as British policy in the Far East, French imperial policy, Italian military actions in the interwar period, British attitudes toward Hitler, and the effect of the Soviet Union on British thinking in the 1930s.

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While no general theory of the impact of incidents on foreign policy is advanced in this collection of eight contributions, Kennedy (Anglo-American relations, King's College London) and Neilson (history, Royal Military College of Canada) argue that these studies demonstrate that such episodes can't be ignored. By examining an incident in depth, greater truths about the whole may be teased out and characteristics of policy-makers can be revealed. Among the incidents studied are the Boxer Rebellion, the Syrian Revolt of 1925, and Italy's pirate submarine campaign of 1937. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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GREGORY C. KENNEDY is a lecturer at the Joint Services Command and Staff College. A specialist in Anglo-American relations and military history, he is the author of Imperial Crossroads: The Influence of the Far East on Anglo-American Relations, 1933-1939.

KEITH NEILSON is a Professor of History at the Royal Military College of Canada. He is the author of Strategy and Supply: The Anglo-Russian Alliance, 1914-17 and Britain and the Last Tsar: British Policy and Russia, 1894-1917.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
1 The Namamugi Incident and the Satsu-Ei and Bakan Wars 1
2 "Heaven knows where we shall finally drift": Lord Salisbury, the Cabinet, Isolation, and the Boxer Rebellion 25
3 Seed of Revolution: The Shandong Question in Chinese History 47
4 The Syrian Revolt and Anglo-French Imperial Relations, 1925-27 65
5 A Cautionary Tale: The Metro-Vickers Incident of 1933 87
6 German Holidays: Sir Maurice Hankey Meets the "Ultimate Enemy." Nazi Indoctrination and Physical Training and the DRC's Threat Assessment 113
7 The Keelung Incident and Britain's Far Eastern Strategic Foreign Policy, 1936-37 135
8 Italy's Pirate Submarine Campaign of 1937 159
Bibliography 179
Index 191
About the Contributors 195
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