The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - 555 pages
A decade after the cold war ended, policy makers and academics foresawa new era of peace and prosperity, an era in which democracy and opentrade would herald the "end of history." The terrorist attacks ofSeptember 11, 2001, sadly shattered these idyllic illusions, and JohnMearsheimer's masterful new book explains why these harmonious visionsremain utopian. To Mearsheimer, great power politics are tragic becausethe anarchy of the international system requires states to seekdominance at one another's expense, dooming even peaceful nations to arelentless power struggle. Mearsheimer illuminates his theory ofoffensive realism through a sweeping survey of modern great powerstruggles and reflects on the bleak prospects for peace in Europe andnortheast Asia, arguing that the United States's security competitionwith a rising China will intensify regardless of "engagement" policies.

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Avis d'utilisateur  - brleach - LibraryThing

Mearsheimer's writing is extremely clear and his arguments are assertively made. However, he cherry-picks from the historical record and distorts even the examples he chooses to make his point. Even ... Consulter l'avis complet

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Avis d'utilisateur  - Oceanwings07 - LibraryThing

Mearsheimer takes the "offensive realist" approach, that in an unstable, anarchic world, countries will do what is necessary to a. maintain the balance of power, and b. gain any additional power they ... Consulter l'avis complet

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List of Maps
ONE Introduction
THREE Wealth and Power
FOUR The Primacy of Land Power
FIVE Strategies for Survival
SIX Great Powers in Action
SEVEN The Offshore Balancers
EIGHT Balancing versus BuckPassing
NINE The Causes of Great Power
TEN Great Power Politics in the Twentyfirst Century
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He is R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago & a regular contributor to The New Republic & The Atlantic.

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