Force and Statecraft: Diplomatic Challenges of Our Time / Edition 4

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Force and Statecraft is a concise historical account and insightful analysis of diplomacy. It combines history, political science, and international law in a unique interdisciplinary approach to explore how lessons from the rich experience of the past can be brought to bear on the diplomatic challenges that confront our world today.
Now thoroughly revised, updated, and enhanced, the book combines the cumulative insights and reflections of three distinguished scholars with international reputations who have written more than fifty books between them. Paul Gordon Lauren has been involved with the book from the beginning and brings a fresh perspective to this edition. In lucid prose and clear organization, the fourth edition surveys the evolution of the international system from the emergence of diplomacy and the rise of the modern state in the seventeenth century to the present. It then takes the reader into an analysis of some of the most important issues of statecraft. Now much more international and global in scope, this edition contains a number of new case studies, including the negotiations over nuclear weapons in North Korea, and a discussion of recent events. It also offers completely new or significantly expanded coverage of such topics as the impact of terrorism and 9/11, international human rights, ethics, the "lessons" of history, globalization, the United Nations, the growing role of nonstate actors, weapons of mass destruction, just war theory, and the legitimate use of armed force. For the first time, this edition contains illustrations, maps, and website references to guide readers.
Force and Statecraft is both a classic and a timely resource ideal for those interested in diplomatic history, international relations, foreign affairs, statecraft, and security studies.

A leading historian and a distinguished political scientist bring the rich experience of the past to bear upon the perplexities that confront today's statesmen.

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"Force and Statecraft is a great book. It puts diplomacy front and center in the analysis [and examines] how individual state leaders navigate the challenges of international politics."—Steven Weber, University of California, Berkeley

"The straightforward writing and logical, clear organization make Force and Statecraft an ideal choice for undergraduates."—Nicholas J. Steneck, Ohio State University

"This is the best book in terms of its organization, writing, and quality of ideas as well as a superb framing of the problems and issues in the field."—John D. Stempel, University of Kentucky

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195162493
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/31/2006
  • Edition description: REV
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,274,647
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Gordon Lauren is Regents Professor and Distinguished Mansfield Fellow at the University of Montana and an internationally acclaimed authority on diplomacy, issues of security and peace, and human rights whose work has been translated into numerous languages and nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

The late Gordon A. Craig was J.E. Wallace Sterling Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, a renowned scholar of diplomatic and German history, and former president of the American Historical Association.

The late Alexander L. George was Graham H. Stuart Professor of International Relations at Stanford University and widely known for his pioneering and award-winning work in political psychology, influence, and foreign policy.

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Table of Contents

1 The emergence of diplomacy and the great powers 3
2 The classical system of diplomacy, 1815-1914 24
3 The diplomatic revolution begins, 1919-1939 47
4 A postwar system of security : great-power directorate or United Nations? 70
5 The Cold War 88
6 The evolving international system 110
7 Lessons of history and knowledge for statecraft 137
8 Negotiation 152
9 Deterrence 175
10 Coercive diplomacy 198
11 Crisis management 220
12 Ethics and other restraints on force and statecraft 245
Conclusion : reflections on force and statecraft and the diplomatic challenges of our time 269
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