The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, John J. Mearsheimer
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  • The Tragedy of Great Power Politics, John J. Mearsheimer
Main title
  • The Tragedy of Great Power Politics
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  • John J. Mearsheimer
Variant title
  • Great Power Politics
  • eng
  • A decade after the cold war ended, policy makers and academics foresaw a new era of peace and prosperity, an era in which democracy and open trade would herald the "end of history." The terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, sadly shattered these idyllic illusions, and John Mearsheimer's masterful new book explains why these harmonious visions remain utopian. To Mearsheimer, great power politics are tragic because the anarchy of the international system requires states to seek dominance at one another's expense, dooming even peaceful nations to a relentless power struggle. Mearsheimer illuminates his theory of offensive realism through a sweeping survey of modern great power struggles and reflects on the bleak prospects for peace in Europe and northeast Asia, arguing that the United States's security competition with a rising China will intensify regardless of "engagement" policies. "This is the definitive work on offensive realism."--, Provided by Publisher
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  • Includes bibliographical references and index
  • no index present
Literary form
  • non fiction
Nature of contents
  • bibliography
OCLC Number
  • 880376972
Table of contents
  • 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 buck-passing -- The causes of great power war -- Can China rise peacefully?
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