The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

The Tragedy of Great Power Politics

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WW Norton
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.
"A superb book.…Mearsheimer has made a significant contribution to our understanding of the behavior of great powers."—Barry R. Posen, The National Interest

Baker & Taylor
Explaining his theory of "offensive realism," the University of Chicago professor of political science discusses the methods used by states to ensure their survival through military strength and regional dominance.

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A new edition of a book on world political strategy, this volume was originally written immediately after the fall of the Soviet Union. The book's main claim is that China should be plugged into US Cold War resource chains as a substitute for the Soviet Union, with Asia as the new playing field for covert military and intelligence activities designed to destabilize large regions. Annotation ©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, [2014]
Edition: Updated edition
ISBN: 9780393349276
Branch Call Number: 327.101 M4633t 2014
Characteristics: xxi, 561 pages : cartes ; 24 cm


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May 17, 2016

I rate this book 5 stars, yet perhaps in a deceptive manner, as it is a piece of scholarship that has grossly misinterpreted and misrepresented the nature and architecture of global politics today. Yet, (sadly) despite these flaws, there are very few books that have influenced a generation of foreign policymakers in the United States like this book has. It is a crude neo-realist interpretation of global politics, that may seem sour, depressing, and hopelessly dismal to many. If you want to understand where the ideological engine of American empire gets its power, this book is a great place to start.

Oct 20, 2008

depressing global power politics


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