The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

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W. W. Norton & Company, 2001 - Political Science - 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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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 ... Read full review

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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 ... Read full review

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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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