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The Edinburgh Companion to Political Realism

Edited by Robert Schuett, Miles Hollingworth

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The first reference work to explore the 2000-year history of political realism and reassess its place in today’s world

Political realism is a highly diverse body of international relations theory. This substantial reference work examines political realism in terms of its history, its scientific methodology and its normative role in international affairs.

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Contributor Biographies


Part I: Political Realism and the Political

1. Political Realism and Human Nature
Erica Benner

2. Political Realism and the Western Mind
Zhao Tingyang

3. Political Realism and Strategic Theory
Samir Puri

4. Political Realism and Realpolitik
John Bew

5. Political Realism and Ideology
David Martin Jones

6. Political Realism and Civil-military Relations
Lindsay P. Cohn

7. Political Realism and the English School
Jodok Troy

8. Political Realism and Global Reform
William Scheuerman

Part II: Political Realism and Political Thinking

9. Thucydides
Neville Morley

10. Kautilya
Stuart Gray

11. Livy
Ayelet Haimson-Lushkov

12. Augustine of Hippo
Miles Hollingworth

13. Niccolò Machiavelli
Markus Fischer

14. William Shakespeare
Tim Spiekerman

15. Thomas Hobbes
Kody W. Cooper

16. Jean-Jacques Rousseau
Grace G. Roosevelt

17. Friedrich Nietzsche
Paul E. Kirkland

18. Max Weber
Christopher Adair-Toteff

19. Walter Lippmann
Alan Chong

20. Reinhold Niebuhr
Menno R. Kamminga

21. E. H. Carr
Konstantinos Kostagiannis

22. Leo Strauss
Robert Howse

23. Herbert Butterfield
Kenneth B. McIntyre

24. Hans Kelsen
Robert Schuett

25. Raymond Aron
Christopher Adair-Toteff

26. George F. Kennan
David A. Mayers

27. Hans J. Morgenthau
Felix Roesch

28. Hannah Arendt
Douglas Klusmeyer

29. John H. Herz
Peter M. R. Stirk

30. Isaiah Berlin
Joshua Cherniss

Part III: Political Realism and Foreign Policy

31. Political Realism and Threat Perception
John Mueller

32. Political Realism and Russia
David Kerr

33. Political Realism and China
Derek Yuen

34. Political Realism and Iran
Marzieh Kouhi Esfahani

35. Political Realism and Israel
Uriel Abulof

36. Political Realism and India
Rashed Uz Zaman

37. Political Realism and Japan
Masa Okuyama

38. Political Realism and Regionalism
David Martin Jones

39. Political Realism and Nationalism
Peter Iver Kaufman

40. Political Realism and Religion
Cecelia Lynch

41. Political Realism and the Environment
Tom Switzer

42. Political Realism and the Internet
Richard Forno

43. Political Realism and Terrorism
Alex S. Wilner

44. Political Realism and the Open Society
Todd Breyfogle


About the Author

Robert Schuett has a Ph.D. from the School of Government and International Affairs at Durham University, UK. He lives in Vienna. His research interests are primarily based in international relations theory and political philosophy. He is the author of Political Realism, Freud, and Human Nature in International Relations (Palgrave, 2010) and the editor of The Concept of the State in International Relations: Philosophy, Sovereignty and Cosmopolitanism (Edinburgh University Press, 2015).

Miles Hollingworth is an independent scholar, currently living in Northern Italy. He is the author of Ludwig Wittgenstein (Oxford University Press, 2018), Inventing Socrates (Bloomsbury, 2015), Saint Augustine of Hippo (Oxford University Press, 2013) and The Pilgrim City (Bloomsbury, 2010). He is the founder and series editor of Reading Augustine (Bloomsbury, 2017–).


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