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The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations

The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations by Michael C. Williams
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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.
Cambridge University Press; January 2005
255 pages; ISBN 9780511079580
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Title: The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations
Author: Michael C. Williams
 
ISBNs
0511079583
9780511079580
9780521827522