Demonstrates the impact of singular or seemingly isolated events on the history of international relations by examination of a number of case studies.
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.
Introduction The Namamugi Incident and the Satsu-Ei and Baken Wars by A.H. Ion "Heavens knows where we shall finally drift": Lord Salisbury, the Cabinet, Isolation, and the Boxer Rebellion by T.G. Otte Seed of Revolution: The Shandong Question in Chinese History by Stephen G. Craft Syrian Revolt and Anglo-French Imperial Relations, 1925-1927 by Martin Thomas A Cautionary Tale: The Metro-Vickers Incident of 1933 by Keith Neilson German Holidays: Sir Maurice Hankey meets the "Ultimate Enemy." Nazi Indoctrination and Physical Training and the DRC's Threat Assessment by Michael L. Roi The Keelung Incident and Britain's Far Eastern Strategic Foreign Policy, 1936-1937 by Gregory C. Kennedy Italy's Pirate Submarine Campaign of 1937 by Reynolds M. Salerno Selected Bibliography Index