The Tragedy of Great Power Politics / Edition 1

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics / Edition 1

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by John J. Mearsheimer
     
 

A decade after the cold war ended, policy makers and academics foresaw a new era of peace and prosperity, an era in which democracy and open trade would herald the "end of history."
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, sadly shattered these idyllic illusions, and John Mearsheimer’s masterful new book explains why these harmonious visions remain

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A decade after the cold war ended, policy makers and academics foresaw a new era of peace and prosperity, an era in which democracy and open trade would herald the "end of history."
The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, sadly shattered these idyllic illusions, and John Mearsheimer’s masterful new book explains why these harmonious visions remain utopian. To Mearsheimer, great power politics are tragic because the anarchy of the international system requires states to seek dominance at one another’s expense, dooming even peaceful nations to a relentless power struggle. Mearsheimer illuminates his theory of offensive realism through a sweeping survey of modern great power struggles and reflects on the bleak prospects for peace in Europe and northeast Asia, arguing that the United States’s security competition with a rising China will intensify regardless of "engagement" policies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780393978391
Publisher:
Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2002
Series:
Norton Series in World Politics Series
Edition description:
College Edition
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
425,714
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Maps
List of Tables
Preface
Acknowledgments
1Introduction1
2Anarchy and the Struggle for Power29
3Wealth and Power55
4The Primacy of Land Power83
5Strategies for Survival138
6Great Powers in Action168
7The Offshore Balancers234
8Balancing versus Buck-Passing267
9The Causes of Great Power War334
10Great Power Politics in the Twenty-first Century360
Notes403
Index535

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