History and Neorealism

History and Neorealism

by Ernest R. May, Richard Rosecrance, Zara Steiner
     
 

ISBN-10: 052113224X

ISBN-13: 9780521132244

Pub. Date: 09/09/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Neorealists argue that all states aim to acquire power and that state cooperation can therefore only be temporary, based on a common opposition to a third country. This view condemns the world to endless conflict for the indefinite future. Based upon careful attention to actual historical outcomes, this book contends that, while some countries and leaders have

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Neorealists argue that all states aim to acquire power and that state cooperation can therefore only be temporary, based on a common opposition to a third country. This view condemns the world to endless conflict for the indefinite future. Based upon careful attention to actual historical outcomes, this book contends that, while some countries and leaders have demonstrated excessive power drives, others have essentially underplayed their power and sought less position and influence than their comparative strength might have justified. Featuring case studies from across the globe, History and Neorealism examines how states have actually acted. The authors conclude that leadership, domestic politics, and the domain (of gain or loss) in which they reside play an important role along with international factors in raising the possibility of a world in which conflict does not remain constant and, though not eliminated, can be progressively reduced.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521132244
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/09/2010
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
406
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Theory and international history Ernest R. May, Richard Rosecrance and Zara Steiner; 2. Transformations in power Richard Rosecrance; 3. Domestically driven deviations: internal regimes, leaders, and realism's power line John M. Owen IV; 4. How international institutions affect outcomes Robert O. Keohane and Lisa Martin; 5. Not even for the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries: power and order in the early modern era Paul W. Schroeder; 6. Austria-Hungary and the coming of the First World War Samuel R. Williamson Jr; 7. British decisions for peace and war 1938–1939: the rise and fall of realism Zara Steiner; 8. Realism and risk in 1938: German foreign policy and the Munich crisis Niall Ferguson; 9. Domestic politics, interservice impasse, and Japan's decisions for war Michael Barnhart; 10. Military audacity: Mao Zedong, Liu Shaoqi, and China's adventure in Korea Andrew Kennedy; 11. The United States' underuse of military power Ernest R. May; 12. The overuse of American power Robert S. Litwak; 13. Redrawing the Soviet power line: Gorbachev and the end of the Cold War Deborah Welch Larson and Alexei Shevchenko; 14. Shared sovereignty in the European Union: Germany's economic governance Sherrill Brown Wells and Samuel F. Wells Jr; 15. John Mearsheimer's 'elementary geometry of power': Euclidean moment or an intellectual blind alley? Jonathan Haslam; 16. History and neorealism reconsidered Richard Rosecrance and Zara Steiner.

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