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Cambridge Studies in International Relations : The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations Series Number 100 - Michael C. Williams

Cambridge Studies in International Relations

The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations Series Number 100

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Published: 22nd February 2005
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Realism is commonly portrayed as theory that reduces international relations to pure power politics. Michael Williams provides an important reexamination of the Realist tradition and its relevance for contemporary international relations. Examining three thinkers commonly invoked as Realism's foremost proponents - Hobbes, Rousseau, and Morgenthau - the book shows that, far from advocating a crude realpolitik, Realism's most famous classical proponents actually stressed the need for a restrained exercise of power and a politics with ethics at its core. These ideas are more relevant than ever at a time when the nature of responsible responses to international problems are at the centre of contemporary political debate. This original interpretation of major thinkers will interest scholars of international relations and the history of ideas.

"If we needed any more evidence of realism's resurgence in the field of International Relations, then Michael C. Williams's original and thought-provoking book on the realist tradition should serve as the final testament ... This is a book that all realists and their critics should ponder.' International Affairs 'This book makes an important contribution to recent efforts to reinterpret realism.' Political Studies Review

Introduction
Sceptical states: Hobbes
Rousseau, realism and realpolitik
Hans Morgenthau and the historical construction of realism
The tyranny of false polarities
The ethic of responsibility
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ISBN: 9780521534758
ISBN-10: 0521534755
Series: Cambridge Studies in International Relations
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 254
Published: 22nd February 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.5  x 1.5
Weight (kg): 0.38