The Invention of International Relations Theory: Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the 1954 Conference on Theory

The Invention of International Relations Theory: Realism, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the 1954 Conference on Theory

by Nicolas Guilhot (Editor)


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ISBN-13: 9780231152679
Publisher: Columbia University Press
Publication date: 01/05/2011
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Nicolas Guilhot is senior research associate at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and the author of The Democracy Makers: Human Rights and the Politics of Global Order.

Table of Contents

Introduction: One Discipline, Many Histories, by Nicolas Guilhot
1. Morality, Policy, and Theory: Reflections on the 1954 Conference, by Robert Jervis
2. Tensions Within Realism: 1954 and After, by Jack Snyder
3. The Rockefeller Foundation Conference and the Long Road to a Theory of International Politics, by Brian C. Schmidt
4. The Speech Act of Realism: The Move That Made IR, by Ole Wæver
5. The Realist Gambit: Postwar American Political Science and the Birth of IR Theory, by Nicolas Guilhot
6. Kennan: Realism as Desire, by Anders Stephanson
7. American Hegemony, the Rockefeller Foundation, and the Rise of Academic International Relations in the United States, by Inderjeet Parmar
8. Realism and Neoliberalism: From Reactionary Modernism to Postwar Conservatism, by Philip Mirowski
Appendix 1. Conference on International Politics, May 7–8, 1954
Appendix 2. The Theoretical and Practical Importance of a Theory of International Relations, by Hans J. Morgenthau
Appendix 3. The Moral Issue in International Relations, by Reinhold Niebuhr
Appendix 4. International Relations Theory and Areas of Choice in Foreign Policy, by William T.R. Fox
Appendix 5. The Implications of Theory for Practice in the Conduct of Foreign Affairs, by Paul Nitze
Appendix 6. Theory of International Politics: Its Merits and Advancement, by Arnold Wolfers
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Michael Cox

An outstanding collection by top-drawer scholars that adds enormously to a growing literature on the evolution of a much misunderstood academic field. What emerges is a story altogether more complex—and far more interesting—than we had been told about a subject whose history has been shrouded in myth, simplification, and plain misrepresentation. A volume that will surely redefine our understanding of the intellectual history of international relations theory, its relationship with power, and the central part played by such giants as Morgenthau, Nitze, Wolfers, Fox, and Niebuhr.

John G. Gunnell

An important contribution to an authentic understanding of the origins and evolution of the field of international relations as well as to the history of political science as a whole. It also represents a significant advance in the study of disciplinary and intellectual history.

Samuel Moyn

Indispensable. While this volume will be widely read, cited, and assigned within the discipline, it will also be important in American and world intellectual history and in the critical history of ideas about world organization and world politics.

John J. Mearsheimer

Fascinating insights. Scholars of all stripes should read this carefully. It will help them better understand how they think about the world and might even help them refine theories of how states interact with one another.

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