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The Realist Tradition in International Relations [4 volumes]: The…

by Barry Scott Zellen

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0313392676, Hardcover)

The Realist Tradition in International Relations: The Foundations of Western Order introduces the principal theorists who have shaped and defined the realist tradition. This once-dominant theory of international politics has reemerged to provide a shared foundation for understanding political theory, international relations theory, and strategic studies.

The work is comprised of four volumes, each focusing upon a distinct period and the pivotal contributors writing in that era. Volume 1, State of Hope, looks at the classical era when chaos reigned supreme. Volume 2, State of Fear, goes through the early-modern period and the emergence of the modern state. Volume 3, State of Awe, explores the age of total war with its unprecedented dangers. Volume 4, State of Siege, examines the present era of insurgency and asymmetrical conflict. A truly monumental work, this sweeping study will surely foster a new appreciation of the rich tapestry of realist thought and its continuing relevance to the study of world politics.

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Examines the confluence of political theory, strategic theory, and international relations theory. The author's essential argument is that embedded in more than two thousand years of strategic history is the premise that strategy is as much a realm for thought as action, exposed to both pragmatic realism and inspired idealism. The author presents a philosophical exploration of the West as an emergent state of mind, and the underlying visions of the realist order that paved the way for the ideals of ancient Athens to be realized two millennia after first being expressed.… (more)

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