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To deny the relationship between archives and explanation in historical analysis would be foolish, however. It would be just as foolish to deny the close resemblance at any particular time between what historians call historiographical controversies and what social scientists call theoretical disagreements among those writing on similar problems, cases, and time periods. The fact that these disagreements among the rival accounts of historians and among the rival explanatory frameworks of social scientists mirror one another so closely allows what is sometimes called historical-comparative theory in political science and sociology to be produced.
Rather, it is what any historian assumes to be the minimum preliminary work one does before heading to the archives. It makes the dilemma more, not less, obvious. qxd 12/22/2005 3:22 PM Page 14 14——Part I ♦ Selecting the Right Tools III. Those who choose to take the archival turn have their work cut out for them. But there are steps to take to reduce anxiety, increase efficiency, and make the learning curve less steep. First, it is important to recognize that when you enter a collection and find yourself at a loss for what to do next, you will not be alone.
So why are the rules of realpolitik often overridden? Snyder argues that expansionism is fundamentally a process driven by domestic interest groups. qxd 12/22/2005 3:22 PM Page 12 12——Part I ♦ Selecting the Right Tools coalitions, rationales have to be put forward that disguise the narrow interests benefiting inordinately from expansion and that persuade others to bear the brunt of the costs. These rationales are what Snyder calls the myths of empire, for instance, ideas about military preparedness, domino theories, and other strategic concepts that function as ideology in the contemporary era.