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The Consequences of Humiliation: Anger and Status in World Politics

Joslyn Barnhart


This book explores the nature of national humiliation and its impact on foreign policy. The book demonstrates that Germany's catastrophic reaction to humiliation at the end of World War I is part of a broader pattern: states that experience humiliating events are more likely to engage in international aggression aimed at restoring the state's image in its own eyes and in the eyes of others. The book shows that these states also pursue conquest, intervene in the affairs of other states, engage in diplomatic hostility and verbal discord, and pursue advanced weaponry and other symbols of national ... More

Keywords: national humiliation, foreign policy, conquest, diplomatic hostility, weaponry, national resurgence

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9781501748042
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501748042.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joslyn Barnhart, author
Wesleyan University