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Realist Thought and the Nation-State

Power Politics in the Age of Nationalism

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Realist Thought and the Nation-State by Konstantinos Kostagiannis
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This book recovers the history of realist theorization on nationalism and the nation-state. Presented in a sequence of snapshots and illustrated by examples drawn from the foreign policy of great powers, this history is represented by four key realist thinkers. It uses the centrality of power in realism as a starting point to claim, contrary to conventional wisdom about realism, that for realists the state is better understood not as a political unit outside history but rather as a manifestation of power unfixed in time. It also claims that the process of gradual impoverishment of the concept of power from classical to structural realism had profound implications for realism, as what the latter gained in parsimony it lost in analytical purchase. As a result, elaborate understandings of nationalism and its relation to the state are replaced by one-dimensional approaches. In order to offer meaningful engagement with foreign policy, neorealists often have to resort to the recovery of some of the complexity of classical realist accounts.

Author Biography

Konstantinos Kostagiannis is Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Maastricht, Netherlands. He holds a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, UK. He has previously published in Millennium, International Politics, and The International History Review.
Release date NZ
September 28th, 2017
Pages
213
Edition
1st ed. 2018
Illustrations
XVI, 213 p.
Country of Publication
Switzerland
Imprint
Springer International Publishing AG
ISBN-13
9783319596280
Product ID
26797848

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