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Haunted by History : Myths in International Relations - Cyril Buffet

Haunted by History

Myths in International Relations

By: Cyril Buffet (Editor), Beatrice Heuser (Editor)

Hardcover Published: 1st April 1998
ISBN: 9781571819406
Number Of Pages: 308

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Europe is a continent weighed down by the shadows of its past, its wars, the traditional enmities, the suspicions of neighbours fuelled by historical memories. This has immediate consequences for the understanding and representation of the past: journalists, politicians, historians often apply simplistic, pre-conceived patterns, i.e., myths, to current events, resulting in distorted and misleading analyses. This volume exposes the way some historical myths, such as Balance of Power, Rapallo, the Special Relationship, the Franco-German Couple, the Peril of Islam, are used to blur, not to clarify our understanding of international affairs, even to manipulate contemporary politics. Cyrill Buffet is Research Fellow at the Centre Marc Bloch, Berlin and Beatrice Heuser is Lecturer in War Studies at King's College, London.

Introduction Of Myths and Menp. vii
Myths of the International Systemp. 1
Balance of Power, European Concert and Integration The Myth of a Changing International Systemp. 3
Internationalist Idealism in the Netherlandsp. 15
The Myth of Swedish Neutralityp. 28
The Green Perilp. 41
Compromise or Compromised?p. 51
The Spanish Civil War 'Betrayal' by the Bourgeois Democraciesp. 53
Munich, or the Blood of Othersp. 65
Yalta, the Myth of the Division Of the World Reiner Marcowitzp. 80
The Myth of Potsdamp. 92
Clichés of Our Memoryp. 103
Special Relationshipsp. 115
The 'special Relationship' A Diverting British Myth?p. 117
Is Britain Part of Europe? The Myth of British 'Difference'p. 135
Dunkirk, Diên Biên Phu, Suez or Why France Does Not Trust Allies And Has Learnt to Love the Bombp. 157
Myths of Germanyp. 207
The Myth of the German Sonderwegp. 209
The Myth of Prussiap. 223
Rapallo Sirens and Phantomsp. 235
Conclusions: Historical Myths and the Denial of Changep. 259
Appendix: the Berlin Myth: A Curse in Ten Cantosp. 275
Notes on Contributorsp. 285
Indexp. 289
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ISBN: 9781571819406
ISBN-10: 1571819401
Series: Berghahn Ser.
Audience: General
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 308
Published: 1st April 1998
Publisher: Berghahn Books, Incorporated
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.52