Trends in European IR Theory

Realism

A Distinctively 20th Century European Tradition

Editors: Reichwein, Alexander, Rösch, Felix (Eds.)

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  • Offers a concise veduta of the European 20th century realist tradition in IR, and its key figures in political and historical contexts
  • Provides a critical appraisal of the trajectories of the European realist tradition and its different approaches, and how they did evolve
  • Extends an invitation to reconstruct and contextualize the realist tradition to disclose its distinctively European origins and roots, and to strengthen its European identity
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This book examines how IR’s European realist tradition evolved in Europe and, due to emigration, in the United States in the 20th century. It includes an introduction and eight chapters, focusing on historical classical and contemporary structural branches of realist IR theorizing in historical and political contexts in which realist thinking did develop. It reminds us of realist key figures, such as Edward H. Carr, John H. Herz or Hans J. Morgenthau, but also of almost forgotten realists such as Raymond Aron, Stanley Hoffmann or Nicholas J. Spykman. Given IR mainstream textbooks introducing realism as a conservative American Cold War theory, this selection aims to reintroduce realism as a primarily and distinctively European, liberal, normative and critical tradition. A tradition that is almost always misunderstood as a guide for practitioners how to maximize or at least preserve power in the name of the national interest no matter the cost, but that is in fact an argument against reckless and crude power politics, ideology and totalitarianism. This book is an invaluable resource for scholars, practitioners and students interested in the realist tradition in IR.

    

About the authors

Alexander Reichwein is Lecturer in International Relations at the Department of Political Science at the Justus-Liebig-University Giessen, Germany. 

Felix Rösch is Associate Professor in International Relations at Coventry University, UK. 

   

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Realism
Book Subtitle
A Distinctively 20th Century European Tradition
Editors
  • Alexander Reichwein
  • Felix Rösch
Series Title
Trends in European IR Theory
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Pivot
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-58455-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-58455-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-58454-2
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 154
Number of Illustrations
3 b/w illustrations
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