The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (Google eBook)

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W. W. Norton & Company, Jan 17, 2003 - Political Science - 576 pages
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"A superb book.…Mearsheimer has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the behavior of great powers."—Barry R. Posen, The National Interest

The updated edition of this classic treatise on the behavior of great powers takes a penetrating look at the question likely to dominate international relations in the twenty-first century: Can China rise peacefully? In clear, eloquent prose, John Mearsheimer explains why the answer is no: a rising China will seek to dominate Asia, while the United States, determined to remain the world's sole regional hegemon, will go to great lengths to prevent that from happening. The tragedy of great power politics is inescapable.

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In a 1992 campaign speech, then-candidate William Jefferson Clinton told his audience, "In a world where freedom, not tyranny, is on the march, the cynical calculus of pure power politics simply does ... Read full review

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A must read for those that want a realist perspective on the lessons of history that can be appropriated to IR theory. Read full review


Anarchy and the Struggle for Power
Wealth and Power
The Primacy of Land Power
Strategies for Survival
Great Powers in Action
The Offshore Balancers
Balancing versus BuckPassing
The Causes of Great Power War
Great Power Politics in the Twentyfirst Century

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About the author (2003)

John J. Mearsheimer is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science and codirector of the Program on International Security Policy at the University of Chicago.

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