Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order
Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order

Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order

by Charles Hill

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From “the man on whom nothing was lost,” a unique guide to the elements of statecraft, presented through spirited interpretations of classic literary works

“The international world of states and their modern system is a literary realm,” writes Charles Hill in this powerful work on the practice of international relations. “It is where the greatest issues of the human condition are played out.”

A distinguished lifelong diplomat and educator, Hill aims to revive the ancient tradition of statecraft as practiced by humane and broadly educated men and women. Through lucid and compelling discussions of classic literary works from Homer to Rushdie, Grand Strategies represents a merger of literature and international relations, inspired by the conviction that “a grand strategist . . . needs to be immersed in classic texts from Sun Tzu to Thucydides to George Kennan, to gain real-world experience through internships in the realms of statecraft, and to bring this learning and experience to bear on contemporary issues.”

This fascinating and engaging introduction to the basic concepts of the international order not only defines what it is to build a civil society through diplomacy, justice, and lawful governance but also describes how these ideas emerge from and reflect human nature.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300165937
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 05/25/2010
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 990,601
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Charles Hill, a career minister in the U.S. Foreign Service, is a research fellow at the Hoover Institution as well as Brady-Johnson Distinguished Fellow in Grand Strategy, Senior Lecturer in International Studies, and Senior Lecturer in Humanities at Yale University. He lives in New Haven, CT.

Table of Contents

Works Discussed in This Book ix

Prologue: Books of the Red Chamber 1

1 Classical Orders 9

2 Creative Disorder 49

3 Sources of Modern World Order 73

4 What Kind of State? 88

5 Enlightenment: Critique of Diplomacy, State, and System 118

6 America: A New Idea 134

7 Disorder and War 177

8 The Imported State 232

9 The Writer and the State 282

Epilogue: Talleyrand and Everything Else 293

Notes 299

Bibliography 325

Acknowledgments 344

Index 347

What People are Saying About This

John Gaddis

A remarkable book. . . . Hill is the exemplification of the Clausewitzian coup d’oeil—the ability to see how everything connects to everything else.(John Gaddis, Yale University)

Harvey Mansfield

Charles Hill's Grand Strategies transcends the tired categories of realism and idealism in the study of politics. Drawing from such as Aristotle and Homer, he spans centuries and circles the globe, always gazing from the standpoint of greatness. A sage and powerful book.(Harvey Mansfield, Harvard University)

Donald Kagan

Charles Hill's Grand Strategies is a gem that combines long and valuable practical experience with the wisdom that comes from a broad and deep knowledge of history, literature and philosophy to produce a wisdom badly needed by statesmen and diplomats.(Donald Kagan, Yale University)

Henry A. Kissinger

In an age of short attention spans and disaggregated facts, Charles Hill does much to revive two venerable traditions—the classical ideal of statesmanship, and the close engagement with great texts.(Henry A. Kissinger)

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