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Proximate, or structural?

As I commented above, don't you think Japan's 1930's imperial adventures in Asia, Italy in Abisinia and Libya, and Germany from Poland to the BeNeLux and from Austria to Norway doesn't count as an imperialistic expansion?

Economics is politics by other means

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Sep 3rd, 2011 at 04:49:52 AM EST
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Japan and the Pacific theatre, I agree. Italy in Africa - I don't see how it was a cause of war. German expansion to the East was motivated by the revanchist spirit of post-Versailles, along with the intention of going West and settling matters with France.

But my point would be that it's not enough to point to imperial ventures as potential causes of war to say that under a Pax Romana, or rule of law of an all-embracing empire, there is more war, more destructive, more bloody, than between independent sovereigns in the absence of such rule of empire.

I hasten to add that I don't like American imperialism. But I don't believe in independent sovereigns as a "solution".

by afew (afew(a in a circle)eurotrib_dot_com) on Sat Sep 3rd, 2011 at 05:02:34 AM EST
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