Realism: Restatements and Renewal

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Realism is not a single theory, but a family of theories. The realist theories differ from each other in important respects, but they all share a common philosophical core: they are all grounded in an understanding of international politics, and politics more generally, as a constant struggle for, and conflict over, power and security. The different realist readings focus on a single theme: how states preserve their existence and protect their interests in an anarchic environment in which dangers to security and ...
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Overview

Realism is not a single theory, but a family of theories. The realist theories differ from each other in important respects, but they all share a common philosophical core: they are all grounded in an understanding of international politics, and politics more generally, as a constant struggle for, and conflict over, power and security. The different realist readings focus on a single theme: how states preserve their existence and protect their interests in an anarchic environment in which dangers to security and welfare are always present, and in which survival itself is not assured. The problems faced by states are compounded by the fact that pursuit by one state of its own security and autonomy impinges upon, and may well limit, the security and autonomy of other states. The essays in this volume discuss different realist readings from antiquity to the present. They examine the interpretations of international politics offered by realist thinkers and practitioners from the sophists, Thucydides, Machiavelli, and Hobbes, to E. H. Carr, Hans Morgenthau, Reinhold Niebuhr, Winston Churchill, and George Kennan.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780714641461
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 2/28/1997
  • Series: Security Studies Series
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.97 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
Reconstructing Political Realism: The Long March to Scientific Theory 3
Thucydides' Critique of Realpolitik 105
Thucydides: Character and Capabilities 142
Thucydidean Realism: Between Athens and Melos 169
The Idea of Power Politics: The Sophistic Foundations of Realism 194
Machiavelli's Theory of Foreign Politics 248
Totalitarianism and Realism: Hans Morgenthau's German Years 283
E. H. Carr, Winston Churchill, Reinhold Niebuhr, and Us: The Case for Principled, Prudential, Democratic Realism 314
Morality, Realism, and Foreign Affairs: A Normative Realist Approach 354
Bibliography 389
Index 417
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