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Politics Among Nations By Hans J. Morgenthau Kenneth W. Thompson David Clinton,

  • Title: Politics Among Nations
  • Author: Hans J. Morgenthau Kenneth W. Thompson David Clinton
  • ISBN: 9780072895391
  • Page: 174
  • Format: Paperback
  • Hans Morgenthau s classic text established realism as the fundamental way of thinking about international relations Although it has had its critics, the fact that it continues to be the most long lived text for courses in international relations attests to its enduring value Someone has said the study of international relations has for half a century been nothing so muchHans Morgenthau s classic text established realism as the fundamental way of thinking about international relations Although it has had its critics, the fact that it continues to be the most long lived text for courses in international relations attests to its enduring value Someone has said the study of international relations has for half a century been nothing so much as a dialogue between Morgenthau, those who embrace his approach, and those who turn elsewhere for enlightenment After 50 years, the dialogue between Morgenthau and scholars from around the world continues or less as in the past something with intensity even in an age of terror The new edition preserves intact Morgenthau s original work while adding a 40 page introduction by the editors who explore its relevance for a new era What follows the introduction are the perspectives of a dozen statesmen, scholars, and observers each offering insights on Morgenthau s concepts and ideas as they relate to current crises on every continent They bring up to date the dialogue that began in 1948.
    Politics Among Nations Hans Morgenthau s classic text established realism as the fundamental way of thinking about international relations Although it has had its critics the fact that it continues to be the most long live

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    1. Can a textbook be good reading YES This book has been used for centuries, well for decades anyway, as a college text I checked at and, typical of textbooks, even used copies are pricey Libraries typically do not have textbooks for the simple reason that any copies would always be checked out, hogged by some student wanting to save money.My copy is the fifth edition dating to the late 1970 s I used the look inside feature on to see if the table of contents has changed and, not unexpectedly, there [...]

    2. This is one of the fountainheads of the classic realist view of international politics He disagrees with the idealist view of world politics, defined as page 3 belief that a rational and moral political order, defined from universally valid abstract principles, can be achieved here and now He accepts the realist view, based on the following assumption page 3 the world, imperfect as it is from the rational point of view, is the result of forces inherent in human nature To improve the world, one m [...]

    3. The Big One Politics Among Nations is arguably the most important text in international relations If you wish to understand the intricacies of diplomacy and the power struggles between nations, read this book It is an immense tome of collected arguments well defended by nuggets taken from every nook and cranny of political history Impossible would be the task of compiling all that is in this book in one review Morgenthau covers just about every topic imaginable, including some that new students [...]

    4. A masterpiece This book must be read by all people interested in foreign affairs Even though the last publication of this book was in the 70 s, it applies perfectly to today s international relations.

    5. An interesting explanation of the Realist school of thought in international relations The text has a classical style, and many of the ideas are frequently reiterated As someone who struggles to reconcile realist and idealist political tendencies, this book helped me to clarify some of my own reasoning Read this if you like to understand the historical development of theories For something along the same lines that is contemporary, I would suggest the Tragedy of Great Power Politics.

    6. Morgenthau is as pretentious verbose as he is intelligent which makes for a difficult read however, his conservative realist s perspective give a nice balance to a liberal education.

    7. Politics Among Nations lays out Morgenthau s vision of realism as based on human nature, and the manner in which a will to power is hard wired into both people and states He adopts a positivist approach, asserting that international politics is governed by objective laws He argues that although here are obvious moral implications to international politics, neither analysts nor practitioners should allow themselves to be guided solely by abstract moral goals, but instead, must address power as it [...]

    8. This is a very persuasive argument against the idea that a world government is possible in our current world Morgenthau explains the ramifications of the current nuclear arsenals and offers very faint hope for a nuclear free world war in the future In today s geopolitical climate, preserving the status quo is everyone s ambition and almost every conflict in the world has the potential of engaging additional countries, including the major powers The discussion of power exerted for self interest r [...]

    9. An old professor of mine, W.T.R Fox, once told my class that Morgenthau was so annoyed by the constant criticisms of his work, which nonetheless became the standard text used by almost every college professor in America, that when he appeared at a conference he would simply say, Okay You know what I think Let s have the complaints.

    10. What is important to know, if one want to understand foreign policy, is not primarily the motives of a statesman, but his intellectual ability to comprehend the essentials of foreign policy, as well as his political ability to translate what he has comprehended into successful political action p 6

    11. Hans J Morganthau has written a classic in the field of international relations and established the school of realism in that study Morganthau concludes that power is at the basis of international relations, just as at the basis of individual human relationships A must read for anyone interested in the basic theory of international dealings among states.

    12. Note to self A classic reference reading for International Politics course under Prof Leszek Buszynski London School of Economics 1980 , Fall Term 2004, an elective course from the International Relations Program, International University of Japan.

    13. A good analysis at the time of its publishing but world has come a long way since then and many new transformations have appeared in the theoretical field of international relations but his emphasis on aspiration of every being for power still holds true

    14. Top ten books every student of politics should readby Piotr PietrzakAuthor of the prospects for humanitarian intervention in Syria

    15. Its a very good analysis on the realm of International Politics, from a realist perspective I anjoyed reading this.

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