Identity, Interest and Action by Erik Ringmar
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Identity, Interest and Action
By Erik Ringmar

Identity, Interest and Action

A Cultural Explanation of Sweden's Intervention in the Thirty Years War

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Identity, Interest and Action by Erik Ringmar

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This book offers an original combination of cultural and narrative theory with an empirical study of identity and political action. It is at once a powerful critique of rational choice theories of action and a solution to the historiographical puzzle of why Sweden went to war in 1630. Erik Ringmar argues that people act not only for reasons of interest, but also for reasons of identity, and that the latter are, in fact, more fundamental. Deploying his alternative, non-rational theory of action in his account of the Swedish intervention in the Thirty Years War, he shows it to have been an attempt on behalf of the Swedish leaders to gain recognition for themselves and their country. Further to this, he demonstrates the importance of questions of identity to the study of war and of narrative theories of action to the social sciences in general.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521026031
ISBN-10: 0521026032
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 15mm)
Pages: 252
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 27-Mar-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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