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The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (College Edition) (The Norton Series in World Politics)


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Publisher:W. W. Norton & Company, 2002



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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 Mearsheimers 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 anothers 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 Statess security competition with a rising China will intensify regardless of "engagement" policies.

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