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The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

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Explaining his theory of "offensive realism," the University of Chicago professor of political science discusses the methods used by states to ensure their survival through military strength and regional dominance. 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' security competition with a rising China will intensify regardless of "engagement" policies.

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Author(s):
Mearsheimer, John J
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2003
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
039332396X
ISBN-13:
9780393323962
Number of pages:
555
Publisher:
W.W. Norton and Company

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Explaining his theory of "offensive realism," the University of Chicago professor of political science discusses the methods used by states to ensure their survival through military strength and regional dominance. 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' security competition with a rising China will intensify regardless of "engagement" policies.

Added value:
Scarce in UK
Author(s):
Mearsheimer, John J
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
2003
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
039332396X
ISBN-13:
9780393323962
Number of pages:
555
Publisher:
W.W. Norton and Company

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