Politics Among Nations: A Book for America

  • Christoph Frei
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Abstract

Much like the earlier Scientific Man vs. Power Politics (1946) and the later In Defense of the National Interest (1951), Politics Among Nations (1948) was written specifically for an American audience. Yet, is it an American book—and if so, to what extent? The chapter first recalls distinctly European origins of Politics Among Nations and substantiates the claim that the basic structure of the book was ready ten years prior to its publication. In a second step, light is shed on how concepts and components developed in Europe were amended and complemented at the University of Chicago. Moving on from context to text, the book’s central narrative is then retraced around its main points of reference, that is, the struggle for power and the struggle for peace. A last section addresses Morgenthau’s own assessment of his seminal contribution.

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  • Christoph Frei
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  1. 1.University of St. GallenSt. GallenSwitzerland

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