The Tragedy of Great Power Politics / Edition 1

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics / Edition 1

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by John J. Mearsheimer
     
 

ISBN-10: 0393978397

ISBN-13: 9780393978391

Pub. Date: 04/01/2002

Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.

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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Overview

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:
465,089
Product dimensions:
6.20(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.00(d)

Table of Contents

List of Mapsvii
List of Tablesix
Prefacexi
Acknowledgmentsxiv
ONE Introduction1
TWO Anarchy and the Struggle for Power29
THREE Wealth and Power55
FOUR The Primacy of Land Power83
FIVE Strategies for Survival138
SIX Great Powers in Action168
SEVEN The Offshore Balancers234
EIGHT Balancing versus Buck-Passing267
NINE The Causes of Great Power War334
TEN Great Power Politics in the Twenty-first Century360
Notes403
Index535

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