Roots of Realism

Roots of Realism

by Benjamin Frankel
     
 

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Realism has dominated international relations scholarship since the end of the Second World War. In the past few decades there has been a flourishing of variants and interpretations within the realist family of theories, a fact that many critics of realism tend to obscure or dismiss. Now is a good time to reflect on the richness and diversity of realism, compare its… See more details below

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Realism has dominated international relations scholarship since the end of the Second World War. In the past few decades there has been a flourishing of variants and interpretations within the realist family of theories, a fact that many critics of realism tend to obscure or dismiss. Now is a good time to reflect on the richness and diversity of realism, compare its variants, examine the differences among them, explore what unites them, and elucidate the policy implications of each. The essays in this volume do just that. Some of the authors (Snyder, Resende-Santos, Grieco) seek to demonstrate the validity and applicability of central neorealist concepts, while other authors (Copeland, Schweller, Glaser) seek to amend neorealism or replace it with what they consider to be better theories. Gilpin and Miller examine alternative explanations of state behavior, but conclude that realism offers the superior explanation. Desch examines different realist understandings of U.S. interests in the Third World, arguing that what unites realists is more important than what divides them. This is also the thrust of Spirtas's argument. Spirtas examines the traditions of tragedy and evil in realist thought, arguing that it is possible to bridge the differences between the two in order to create an even stronger realist theory.

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These nine papers on classical and modern realist theories of international relations address such issues as the importance of domestic variables in shaping state conduct, the question of whether states seek security or power, and the profound influence of the political thought of Thucydides. The papers were presented at the October 1994 conference held by the journal at the U. of Virginia, and were previously published in the winter 1995/96 (v.5, no.2) issue. Paper edition (unseen), $27.50. Distributed by ISBS. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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ISBN-13:
9780714646695
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
02/28/1997
Series:
Cass Series on Security
Pages:
440
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.40(d)

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