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Realism and diplomacy deals scholars a severe but sympathetic overview of political realism, the speculation that for the previous half-century has ruled foreign stories. analyzing realist thinkers from Thucydides, via Machiavelli to Kenneth Waltz, Donnelly demanding situations typical realist claims and argues that realism is an insightful but one-sided concept. Containing chapter-by-chapter courses to extra examining and dialogue questions for college students, this booklet deals an obtainable and energetic survey of the dominant conception in diplomacy.

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15 Galvanized by the failure of balance of power diplomacy to prevent devastating war, they were committed to using human reason and organizational ingenuity to replace the old order of national interests with a new order of common interests. For example, the explicitly pacifist Carnegie Endowment for International Peace (founded in 1910) played an important role in the development of the discipline in the United States. 16 The first major figure to attempt to reshape the field was E. H. Carr, who left the British diplomatic service to take up the chair in international relations at Aberystwyth in 1936.

As Rousseau put it in The Social Contract (book III, ch. 6), “Machiavelli was an honorable man and a good citizen; . . ” The most influential work in this tradition is John Pocock’s The Machiavellian Moment (1975). Chapters 6 and 7 address Machiavelli directly, although all of parts I and II are slow but worthwhile reading. Bock, Skinner, and Viroli (1990) is a useful edited collection pursuing this general theme. Hans Baron, “Machiavelli: The Republican Citizen and the Author of The Prince” (1961) is also valuable.

Mayers (1988) is an intellectual biography that leans more towards Rosenthal’s interpretation. Hixson (1989) argues for an evolution in Kennan’s views away from conventional realism. For a detailed account of Kennan as a diplomat during the crucial immediate postwar years, see Miscamble (1992). For Kennan’s own take on his life, see Kennan (1967; 1972; 1989). Henry Kissinger began his career as a scholar, made his reputation as the leading diplomat of his era, and has enjoyed an extremely comfortable life the past two decades as a self-proclaimed sage.

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