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Politics Among Nations

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  601 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Hans Morgenthau's classic text established realism as the fundamental way of thinking about international relations. Although it has had its critics, the fact that it continues to be the most long lived text for courses in international relations attests to its enduring value. Someone has said the study of international relations has for half a century been nothing so much ...more
Paperback, 752 pages
Published April 19th 2005 by McGraw-Hill Education (first published January 1st 1956)
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Apr 05, 2014 Clif rated it it was amazing
Can a textbook be good reading? YES!

This book has been used for centuries, well for decades anyway, as a college text. I checked at Amazon and, typical of textbooks, even used copies are pricey. Libraries typically do not have textbooks for the simple reason that any copies would always be checked out, hogged by some student wanting to save money.

My copy is the fifth edition dating to the late 1970's. I used the "look inside" feature on Amazon to see if the table of contents has changed and, not
Steven Peterson
Nov 15, 2009 Steven Peterson rated it it was amazing
This is one of the fountainheads of the classic realist view of international politics. He disagrees with the idealist view of world politics, defined as (page 3) belief "that a rational and moral political order, defined from universally valid abstract principles, can be achieved here and now." He accepts the realist view, based on the following assumption (page 3): "the world, imperfect as it is from the rational point of view, is the result of forces inherent in human nature. To improve the ...more
Casey H
Dec 03, 2013 Casey H rated it it was amazing
The Big One.

"Politics Among Nations" is arguably the most important text in international relations. If you wish to understand the intricacies of diplomacy and the power struggles between nations, read this book. It is an immense tome of collected arguments well defended by nuggets taken from every nook and cranny of political history. Impossible would be the task of compiling all that is in this book in one review. Morgenthau covers just about every topic imaginable, including some that new-stu
Andrew Hard
Apr 12, 2014 Andrew Hard rated it really liked it
An interesting explanation of the Realist school of thought in international relations. The text has a classical style, and many of the ideas are frequently reiterated. As someone who struggles to reconcile realist and idealist political tendencies, this book helped me to clarify some of my own reasoning. Read this if you like to understand the historical development of theories. For something along the same lines that is more contemporary, I would suggest the Tragedy of Great Power Politics.
Feb 27, 2011 Eppofahmi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Buku ini salah satu buku yang wajib dimiliki anak HI (hubungan internasional). Bukunya sih emang bagus...
Jan 16, 2009 Claire rated it liked it
Morgenthau is as pretentious verbose as he is intelligent which makes for a difficult read. however, his conservative/realist's perspective give a nice balance to a liberal education.
Politics Among Nations lays out Morgenthau's vision of realism as based on human nature, and the manner in which a "will to power" is hard-wired into both people and states. He adopts a positivist approach, asserting that international politics is governed by objective laws. He argues that although here are obvious moral implications to international politics, neither analysts nor practitioners should allow themselves to be guided solely by abstract moral goals, but instead, must address power ...more
Nov 21, 2016 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: geopolitics, re-read
This is a very persuasive argument against the idea that a world government is possible in our current world. Morgenthau explains the ramifications of the current nuclear arsenals and offers very faint hope for a nuclear-free world war in the future. In today's geopolitical climate, preserving the status quo is everyone's ambition and almost every conflict in the world has the potential of engaging additional countries, including the major powers. The discussion of power exerted for ...more
Oct 11, 2010 Vheissu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An old professor of mine, W.T.R. Fox, once told my class that Morgenthau was so annoyed by the constant criticisms of his work, which nonetheless became the standard text used by almost every college professor in America, that when he appeared at a conference he would simply say, "Okay. You know what I think. Let's have the complaints."
Jun 01, 2010 RJ marked it as to-read
"What is important to know, if one want to understand foreign policy, is not primarily the motives of a statesman, but his intellectual ability to comprehend the essentials of foreign policy, as well as his political ability to translate what he has comprehended into successful political action." - p. 6
Dec 30, 2013 Judy rated it really liked it
Hans J. Morganthau has written a classic in the field of international relations and established the school of realism in that study. Morganthau concludes that power is at the basis of international relations, just as at the basis of individual human relationships. A must read for anyone interested in the basic theory of international dealings among states.
Note to self: A classic reference/reading for International Politics course under Prof. Leszek Buszynski (London School of Economics 1980), Fall Term 2004, an elective course from the International Relations Program, International University of Japan.
Asim Virk
Jul 04, 2016 Asim Virk rated it really liked it
A good analysis at the time of its publishing but world has come a long way since then and many new transformations have appeared in the theoretical field of international relations but his emphasis on aspiration of every being for power still holds true..!!!!
Jeffrey Mervosh
Feb 14, 2008 Jeffrey Mervosh rated it it was ok
The archaic, out-dated, un-nuanced theory of classical realism in an 800 page nutshell. Yummy. Not.
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Top ten books every student of politics should read

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Jul 17, 2012 Abhirami Sumam rated it it was amazing
Its a very good analysis on the realm of International Politics, from a realist perspective... I anjoyed reading this....
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Took too long to tell me that diplomacy will be the answer to Utopia.
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Leading twentieth-century figures in the study of international politics. He made landmark contributions to international relations theory and the study of international law, and his Politics Among Nations, first published in 1948, went through many editions and was for decades the most-used textbook in its field in U.S. universities. In addition, Morgenthau wrote widely about international ...more
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