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Realism, idealism, and international politics : a reinterpretation

Author: Martin Griffiths
Publisher: London ; New York : Routledge, 1992.
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International relations is a discipline dominated by the debate between the realist and idealist paradigms. This book provides the most comprehensive critical review of the realist tradition to date. It looks closely at the terms 'realism' and 'idealism' and in doing so uncovers a broad range of interesting questions. Why, for example, do political realists see anarchy as being incompatible with international  Read more...
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Named Person: Hans J Morgenthau; Hans Joachim Morgenthau; Hans J Morgenthau
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Martin Griffiths
ISBN: 0415069718 9780415069717
OCLC Number: 25130609
Notes: Based on the author's thesis (doctoral)--University of British Columbia.
Description: x, 206 p. ; 23 cm.
Responsibility: Martin Griffiths.
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Re-evaluates the terms of the realism-idealism debate by critically examining the work of Morgenthau, Walz and Bull. Contains summaries of the thinkers' work, valuable to students.  Read more...

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"The field of international relations is undergoing exciting theoretical ferment. Martin Griffiths joins the fray by critically examining three major figures in the field: Hans Morgenthau, Kenneth Read more...

 
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