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Subject/Keyword
Appeasement
International Relations Theory
Neoclassical Realism
Structural Realism
Neorealism
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Oswell, James A
Supervisor and department
Keating, Tom (Political Science)
Examining committee member and department
Murray, Robert (Political Science)
Anderson, Greg (Political Science)
Keating, Tom (Political Science)
Department
Department of Political Science
Specialization

Date accepted
2013-06-06T14:52:20Z
Graduation date
2013-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Structural realist and neoclassical realist theories each seek to explain international relations at different levels of analysis. Using the British strategy of appeasement in the 1930s as a case study, this thesis will evaluate how both theories explain British strategy. Structural realism will be shown to provide a general account by considering how the United Kingdom fit into the general distribution of power, with a number of British actions found to be inconsistent with what would be otherwise expected. A neoclassical realist account of appeasement will provide the means to help explain such inconsistencies, and identify particular ways in which domestic politics played an intervening role in impacting British power, helping to account for the inconsistencies noted in the structural realist account.
Language
English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R3QJ7864G
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