PSCI 326
Empire and Imperialism Spring 2010
Division II
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This course provides a critical overview of empire and imperialism in international politics from the eighteenth century to the present day. Key questions include: why do states establish empires? Do empires provide political or economic gains? How are empires governed? What role does technology play in driving and sustaining empires? How do empires end? What are the legacies of empire? The first section of the course examines these questions by consulting the classic theoretical works on empire by Smith, Marx, Lenin, Seeley, Mackinder, Hobson, and Schumpeter. The second section explores these theories through a structured historical comparison of imperial expansion and contraction in North America, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The final section explores the contemporary relevance of the concept of empire for understanding American post-war foreign policy, including issues such as overseas basing, humanitarian intervention, nation building and military occupation.
The Class: Format: discussion
Limit: 19
Expected: 18
Class#: 3169
Grading: yes pass/fail option, yes fifth course option
Requirements/Evaluation: short response memos, midterm paper, final research paper, and class participation
Prerequisites: one course in Political Science or permission of instructor
Enrollment Preferences: Political Science and Political Economy majors
Distributions: Division II
Attributes: AMST Critical and Cultural Theory Electives
LEAD American Foreign Policy Leadership
PSCI International Relations Courses
PSCI Research Courses

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