The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations

The Realist Tradition and the Limits of International Relations

Although thinkers such as Thucydides, Rousseau and Hobbes are considered central to the realist tradition, Michael Williams re-evaluates their positions. Arguing that such philosophers were not concerned with methodological issues of rationality and anarchy, as commonly interpreted, Williams asserts that they wanted to establish political practices for leaders which would ensure order. His original interpretation of major thinkers will interest scholars of international relations and the history of ideas.


"This volume belongs in every classroom concerned with values and restraints on power because it shows that other values intersect with power and affect it. Highly recommended." CHOICE

"If we needed any more evidence of realism's resurgence in the field of International Relations, then Michael C. Williams's original and thought-provoking book on the realist tradition should serve as the final testament...This is a book that all realists and their critics should ponder." International Affairs


CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2006