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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User Review  - Simon Mould - Goodreads

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

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User Review  - Nate Huston - Goodreads

You can't mitigate the security dilemma! Stop trying! Disregard all else and acquire all the power! Mearsheimer is the keeper of the offensive realist's flame. Just about the only guy anywhere close ... Read full review

Contents

Introduction
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
Notes
Index
Copyright

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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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