War, Peace, and International Political Realism
Perspectives from The Review of Politics
Paperback | 9780268033842 | September 2009
Hardcover | 9780268160890 | September 2009
Gathering together essays by some of the most influential modern political philosophers and theorists, War, Peace, and International Political Realism reveals the twentieth-century roots of the realist tradition and demonstrates the enduring relevance of realist insights for current international relations scholarship and foreign affairs. These essays, all of which were published in The Review of Politics, the majority during the 1940s and 1950s, reflect four major tenets of the classical realist tradition: an obligation to confront large and difficult questions about international politics, a recognition of the fundamentally tragic nature of relations among humans and states, a rejection of historical optimism, and a belief in practical morality. Keir A. Lieber provides an excellent introduction emphasizing the importance of political realism as defined by the contributors.
Students and scholars of political theory, international relations, and history will welcome having these important essays in one useful volume; they are just as applicable to contemporary foreign policy challenges as they were to the crises of post-World War II international politics.
Keir A. Lieber is associate professor in the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University where he is a core faculty member of the Center for Security Studies and of the Security Studies Program. He also holds a joint appointment with the department of government.
"This volume of essays, originally published in The Review of Politics, provides a unique perspective on the early history of both international relations and political realism. All of the contributors, including luminaries such as Kennan, Morgenthau, and Thompson, asked profound questions about the nature of man, society, and politics, and should encourage readers to reconsider the purpose of contemporary political science. By focusing on the work of some of the leading realist thinkers who were writing in the 1940s and 1950s, Lieber clearly demonstrates that realism remains extremely relevant to understanding current debates on international politics and American foreign policy." ~Brian C. Schmidt, Carleton University