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Palgrave Studies in International Relations

Pessimism in International Relations

Provocations, Possibilities, Politics

Editors: Stevens, Tim, Michelsen, Nicholas (Eds.)

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  • Presents the first volume on pessimism in IR and its contribution to international political thought
  • Identifies the many species and manifestations of pessimism in contemporary politics
  • Considers whether pessimism can operate as the foundation of positive thought and action
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This volume explores the past, present and future of pessimism in International Relations. It seeks to differentiate pessimism from cynicism and fatalism and assess its possibilities as a respectable perspective on national and international politics. The book traces the origins of pessimism in political thought from antiquity through to the present day, illuminating its role in key schools of International Relations and in the work of important international political theorists. The authors analyse the resurgence of pessimism in contemporary politics, such as in the new populism, attitudes to migration, indigenous politics, and the Anthropocene. This edited volume provides the first collection of scholarly work on pessimism in International Relations theory and practice and offers fresh perspectives on an intellectual position often considered as disreputable as it is venerable.


About the authors

Tim Stevens is Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK. He is the author of Cyber Security and the Politics of Time and co-author of Cyberspace and the State.

Nicholas Michelsen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK. He is the author of Politics and Suicide: The Philosophy of Political Self-Destruction.


Table of contents (12 chapters)

Table of contents (12 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Pessimism in International Relations
Book Subtitle
Provocations, Possibilities, Politics
Editors
  • Tim Stevens
  • Nicholas Michelsen
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in International Relations
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-21780-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-21780-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-21779-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 215
Number of Illustrations
1 b/w illustrations
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