Stanley Michalak A Primer in Power Politics

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In clear and jargon-free style, A Primer in Power Politics explains the concept of power politics and provides an introduction to the principles of humanistic political realism. This book answers the questions: When and why do states resort to the use of force, and what are the uses and limits of force in conflicts among nations? What can we realistically expect from the United Nations, the World Court, arbitration panels, and other peaceful settlement techniques? What role do morality, ethics, and world public opinion play in the international interactions of nations? Accessible and stimulating, A Primer in Power Politics provides important historical context and will teach students how to think analytically about the issues of war and peace. It shows what approaches to peace have failed in the past and explains why they will fail in the future. Students will know what kinds of questions to ask when addressing past, present, and future foreign policy issues. The first contemporary work in international politics that addresses power politics, this text is ideal for courses in international relations, United States foreign policy, comparative foreign politics, international conflict, and national security.

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Stanley Michalak has worked in the government department of Franklin & Marshall College, where he served as chairman from 1973 to 1976. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Foreign Policy Research Institute in Philadelphia and an author and consultant on United Nations affairs for the Heritage Foundation and the U.S. Department of State.

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A Primer in Power Politics is one of the best written textbooks that I have ever read―it is even better written than Morgenthau. It is an exceptionally well-written explication of humanistic political realism. This book will be accessible to students and to the general public. The author does not just 'write well,' he writes very well. (David A. Baldwin, Columbia University)

Interweaving sophisticated theoretical analysis and insightful historical interpretation, Stanley Michalak provides a masterful introduction to humanistic realism and its capacity to shed light on the fundamental forces that shape world politics, and as such A Primer in Power Politics will be of great value to the students, teachers, leaders, and citizens of this new century. (Joseph M. Grieco, Duke University)

The best primer on power in politics since Hans Morganthau's In Defense of the National Interest. It draws upon the lessons of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and applies them to the post-Cold War world. The writing is clear and concise, and the historical cases flow beautifully. This book brings history alive and applies its lessons to the murky terrain of contemporary international politics. (Robert Bresler, Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg)

This is an invaluable resource to scholars and students of international relations. Professor Michalak's efforts to examine the nature, causes, and consequences of great power politics surpass Hans Morgenthau's classic Politics among Nations. His use of modern case studies, summaries of major arguments, and accessible prose render this an ideal text for undergraduate courses in international politics. For a primer in the realist school of international relations one need look no further. (James R. Sofka, University of Virginia)

A Primer in Power Politics provides an excellent discussion of important issues in international relations, public policy, conflict resolution, and power politics. The book offers original insights into the causes of war, the use of armed force in support of policy, the nature of revisionism in international politics, and the diffuse character of the issues with which policymakers must grapple in today's world. It will take its place among the best available texts for courses in international relations, foreign policy, and public policy. (Stephen J. Cimbala, Pennsylvania State University, Delaware County)

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