The Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought

Realist Thought and the Nation-State

Power Politics in the Age of Nationalism

Authors: Kostagiannis, Konstantinos

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  • Explores the evolution of realist thought on nationalism and the nation-state
  • Examines the interplay between nationalism and the foreign policy of great powers in the work of seminal realists 
  • Challenges conventional wisdom about the centrality of state in realism
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This book recovers the history of realist theorization on nationalism and the nation-state. Presented in a sequence of snapshots and illustrated by examples drawn from the foreign policy of great powers, this history is represented by four key realist thinkers. It uses the centrality of power in realism as a starting point to claim, contrary to conventional wisdom about realism, that for realists the state is better understood not as a political unit outside history but rather as a manifestation of power unfixed in time. It also claims that the process of gradual impoverishment of the concept of power from classical to structural realism had profound implications for realism, as what the latter gained in parsimony it lost in analytical purchase. As a result, elaborate understandings of nationalism and its relation to the state are replaced by one-dimensional approaches. In order to offer meaningful engagement with foreign policy, neorealists often have to resort to the recovery of some of the complexity of classical realist accounts. 

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Konstantinos Kostagiannis is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He has previously published in MillenniumInternational Politics, and The International History Review

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“The rise of  nativist populism over the past few years forces us all to ask critical questions about the  growing appeal of nationalism in a world  now so obviously under stress. In this carefully argued study the author does an outstanding job in explaining why  realist conceptions of the nation-state  are so well adapted for helping us understand  the dangerous era into which we are now heading. An important work on a vital topic.” (Michael Cox, Director, LSE IDEAS)

“Konstantinos Kostagiannis has made a valuable contribution to the  burgeoning debate about realist international thought. Through subtle, historically-sensitive readings of some of the most prominent thinkers in the tradition – E. H. Carr, Hans Morgenthau, John Herz and John Mearsheimer – he demonstrates the conflicting ways in which realists have conceptualised power and the nation-state, and he makes a lucid case for the potential of Carr’s approach and the limitations of more recent realist visions. This book will be of interest to both historians of international thought and IR theorists.” (Duncan Bell, University of Cambridge)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

Table of contents (6 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Realist Thought and the Nation-State
Book Subtitle
Power Politics in the Age of Nationalism
Authors
Series Title
The Palgrave Macmillan History of International Thought
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-59629-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-59629-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-59628-0
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-86666-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVI, 213
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