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Masters of International Thought / Edition 1

Masters of International Thought / Edition 1

by Kenneth W. Thompson


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Masters of International Thought / Edition 1

The complexities of modern politics and international relationships sometimes overwhelm us. Kenneth W. Thompson here offers clarity to replace obscurity, personal warmth and human values to replace abstractions. He states the aim of Masters of International Thought early: to introduce the ideas of eighteen “men of large and capacious thought” about twentieth-century international relations.

He presents thinkers who assimilate practical ethics and religion (Butterfield, Niebuhr, Murray, Wight); who eschew utopia for the reality of power politics (Carr, Morgenthau, Spykman, Wolfers, Herz, Deutsch); who regard the Cold War as a mirror of the human condition (Lippman, Kennan, Halle, Aron); and who speculate about the possibilities of world order (Wright, Mitrany, de Visscher, and Toynbee).

Thompson was guided in his selections by the enduring value of these men’s thought. Even those works that are fifty years old are still read by policy makers and scholars, Thompson points out. He also acknowledges his personal approach to these masters, for not only has he known their works, he has known many of the writers. He admits that they are “intellectual giants, but they are human beings, not gods.” In Masters of International Thought, he clearly fulfills his aim to share the wisdom and knowledge of these twentieth-century thinkers.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807105818
Publisher: Louisiana State University Press
Publication date: 02/28/1982
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 262
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Kenneth W. Thompson was director emeritus of the White Burkett Miller Center of Public Affairs and J. Wilson Newman Professor Emeritus of government and foreign affairs at the University of Virginia. He was the author of many books on international relations, including Fathers of International Thought: The Legacy of Political Theory.

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