World Disorders: Troubled Peace in the Postdcold War Era

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Stanley Hoffmann has remarked that 'It wasn't I who chose to study world politics. World politics forced themselves upon me.' Long one of the field's most distinguished thinkers, Hoffmann brings together in this volume his recent work on international politics. These essays offer incisive reflections upon the reemergence of nationalism and ethnic conflicts in Europe, the redefined role of military intervention, and other uncertainties brought on by the demise of the Cold War. Hoffmann weighs the influence of such disparate figures as John Rawls, Hedley Bull, and George Schultz. Woven throughout are his clear-eyed assessments of contending approaches to the study of international relations.


Chapter 1 Introduction: From this Century to the Next Part 2 Part I. Theorists, Theories Chapter 3 Hedley Bull and His Contribution to International Relations Chapter 4 Ideal Worlds Chapter 5 Beyond Realism and Idealism in International Politics Chapter 6 The Crisis of Liberal Internationalism Part 7 Part II. From the End of the Cold War to the Search for a New World Order Chapter 8 What Should We Do in the World? Chapter 9 A New World and Its Troubles Chapter 10 Delusions of World Order Chapter 11 The Price of War Chapter 12 In Defense of Mother Teresa Chapter 13 The Politics and Ethics of Military Intervention Chapter 14 Thoughts on the UN at Fifty Part 15 Part III. Ethnicity, Nationalism and World Order Chapter 16 The Passion of Modernity Chapter 17 Nationalism and World Order Chapter 18 On Ethnic Conflicts and Their Resolution Chapter 19 (paper edition only) Intervention in Kosovo Chapter 20 Nation and Nationalism in America Today Chapter 21 Conclusion: Principles of a Liberal Ethics of International Relations: A Normative Outline Part 22 Notes Part 23 Credits Part 24 Index Part 25 About the Author


Stanley Hoffmann is the Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser University Professor at Harvard University.


Nuanced meditations on the nature of world politics in the post-Cold War era... [Hoffmann is] unfailingly insightful and compassionate, attributes often missing in the discipline of political science. Overall, he has two concerns here: to examine the state of current international relations, to critique the methods and approaches used to understand these relations... Sophisticated and provocative, Hoffmann's writing gives the reader much to consider. Kirkus Reviews This collection of remarkable essays addresses the great complexities of post-Cold War world politics... [Hoffmann] is at his best in illuminating the shaky foundations of modern world politics and underscoring the limitations of the theoretical and policy constructs in vogue today. -- G. John Ikenberry Foreign Affairs Stanley Hoffmann, a sober idealist in the tradition of Hedley Bull, shows how a foreign policy that blends interests and values-as well as order and justice-is not only desirable but possible. Along the way, he elegantly but ruthlessly skewers proponents of both narrow realism and liberal internationalism. The thoughtful essays that constitute World Disorders make clear why Hoffmann enjoys a reputation as one of this country's leading analysts of world affairs. -- Richard N. Haas, The Brookings Institution In this seminal work, Hoffmann takes on the 'realists' by questioning whether their appreciation of power is too narrow and leaves out the influence of domestic politics and ideals. He also challenges the growing academic influence on those who would make a science of politics, pointing out that they have forgotten the value of common sense and looking things up. Finally, he does again what he has done so brilliantly many times before: He helps us put in place the major jigsaw pieces of the international puzzle. -- Leslie H. Gelb, Council on Foreign Relations The essays make the case for an ambitious agenda: to focus state craft on the problems of governance for the future. Foreign Affairs There is no better guide to the riddles and puzzles of international relations after the Cold War than these collected essays by America's (and Europe's) leading philosopher of world politics. Without a trace of dogma or pretension of retrospective omniscience, Stanley Hoffmann offers us a wide-ranging portrait of our times. The essays illuminate the most troubling issues of nationalisms old and new, humanitarian intervention, the collapse of states and economies in the developing world, and the arrogances and complacencies of the developed world. Ten years' worth of the collected wisdom of this deeply learned and generously humane critic, this volume should be read (and re-read) by every student of the field and every citizen who will need to judge the role the United States and its allies should play in a world that, as Hoffmann explains, we can neither legitimately control nor safely escape. -- Michael W. Doyle, Princeton University For those who like their analyses well written, this is an excellent book. Stanley Hoffmann is revealed in these essays as a nuanced and refined realist thinker who is concerned to provide 'some small steps to world order', on the basis both of a healthy scepticism and prerequisite optimism. What this book provides is an urbane and coherent sense of an interpretation of the nature of the problems of world politics infused with the experience of a lifetime of analysis and an interesting mix of acerbic wit and compassionate humour. International Affairs Hoffmann lucidly points out the limits of Realism, the shortcomings of international Liberalism, and above all challenges the views of those who try to make a science of politics. Political Studies Review Stanley Hoffmann, a well-respected professor of world politics at Harvard University, has been among the more outspoken and articulate commentators on the condition of the post-Cold War era. In this well-written volume he seeks both to describe the post-Cold War world and to prescribe ways in which to make it a better place for humanity. Journal Of Strategic Studies The book is a collection of essays written by one of the most distinguished scholars of international affairs throughout the 1990s. Hoffmann addresses, as usual, the important themes in world politics. Political Studies Association
EAN: 9780847685752
ISBN: 0847685756
Untertitel: New. Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: März 2000
Seitenanzahl: 296 Seiten
Format: kartoniert
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