An Unwritten Future: Realism and Uncertainty in World Politics

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Princeton University Press
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6.4 X 9.4 X 1.5 inches | 1.55 pounds

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About the Author
Jonathan Kirshner is professor of political science and international studies at Boston College, and the Stephen and Barbara Friedman Professor of International Political Economy Emeritus at Cornell University. His many books include Currency and Coercion (Princeton) and Hollywood's Last Golden Age.
"An important new book. . . . Kirshner aims to rehabilitate classical realism in International Relations."---Sumantra Maitra, Law & Liberty
"A compelling case for reviving classical realism as a guide to understanding contemporary problems."---Joshua Rovner, Englesberg Ideas
"With chapters on the rise of China, how to meld political economy questions into classical realist theories, and even exploring the potential weaknesses and shortfalls of classical realism, An Unwritten Future thoughtfully assesses the question of what it would mean in practice to reinsert classical realist perspectives into ongoing policy debates."---Emma Ashford, Foreign Affairs
"An enlightening reevaluation of an enduring theory that might continue to yield important insights about world politics today."-- "Choice"
"Honorable Mention for the Jervis Schroeder Prize, American Political Science Association International History & Politics Section"
"Erudite and contentious. It is the kind of work that could only be written by a senior scholar building upon and summing up a long, distinguished career's work in the field. . . . Its views and astonishing breadth of knowledge are on display not only in its wide-ranging historical and exegetical text but also in its extensive footnotes with their numerous analytic observations. . . . all will be dazzled by the range of the learned discussion."---Arthur Stein, Perspectives on Politics
"Kirshner's timely, insightful, and thought-provoking book proposes a much-needed renewal of classical realism. This important contribution highlights the need for policy-makers and scholars to appreciate the theory's insights more fully."---Charlotte Hulme, International Affairs
"Kirshner's commanding plea for the resurgence of classical realism could not be more timely."-- "Political Science Quarterly"
"Kirshner reclaims the timeless value that Classical Realism offers for the study of international relations."---Christoph Rohde, Zeitschrift fuer Aussen & Sicherheitspolitik
"In this sharply written, well-researched, and persuasive book, Jonathan Kirshner gleefully eviscerates some of the most prominent contributions to interna­tional relations theory of recent decades."---Robert L. Stone, Naval War College Review