The Domestic Bases of Grand Strategy

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The Domestic Bases of Grand Strategy

Edited by Richard Rosecrance and Arthur A. Stein
Cornell University Press, 1993
230 pp. $36.50

Like the Goldstein-Keohane volume above, this book is evidence of the fading of the realist interpretation of international relations, i.e., the view that all nations strive for power, regardless of regime. It argues for a return to a richer understanding of how and why nations interact, one that is informed by culture, history, economics, ideas and domestic politics. Successive chapters take a wrecking ball to realist theory, showing how in a narrow form it is unable to account for, inter alia, the end of the Cold War, Anglo-German naval competition before World War I, American and British strategy before and after World War II and contemporary nationalism. What is missing is a positive theory linking domestic politics to grand strategy; of the authors, only Chalmers Johnson does so in his familiar view of Japan as a late-industrializing capitalist developmental state.

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