A Far Eastern Munich: appeasement by omission.
Carns, Neil S.
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The influence of history on foreign policy decisions is recognizable and demonstrable. The extent of this influence is described elusively at best. Often, the interpretation given to historical fact is more significant than the fact itself. To the degree that an historical concept is part of the decision-making process, the resultant events will become dependent upon past history. Thus decisions of causation are able to evoke trends of action or behavioral patterns that can become self-perpetuating or, in a less positive sense, at least reinforcing. On the other hand, if decisions are made intentionally to avert what is predicted to be an analogous situation, the repeatability or cyclic theory of history is broken. It is the success of this latter case which is the most difficult to substantiate: there is no convenient means of recording non-events.
This thesis document was issued under the authority of another institution, not NPS. At the time it was written, a copy was added to the NPS Library collection for reasons not now known. It has been included in the digital archive for its historical value to NPS. Not believed to be a CIVINS (Civilian Institutions) title.
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