This unit of study examines the ideas and ideological assumptions that have shaped and account for the rise and demise of great powers in global politics over the last two centuries. Focusing either on the United States, Russia or China, it explores how the leading politicians and policymakers in those countries have thought about the relationship between economic heft and strategic weight, power and its projection, and the dilemma of under-extension and over-investment. The unit gives special attention to the historical and socio-cultural forces shaping the beliefs great powers, and especially the ongoing power of national mythologies in shaping contemporary policies.
|12 credit points at 1000 level in International and Global Studies or History|
At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:
Unit outlines will be available 1 week before the first day of teaching for the relevant session.