Hans J. Morgenthau and the American Experience

  • Cornelia Navari

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Hartmut Behr, Hans-Jörg Sigwart
    Pages 27-54
  3. Christoph Frei
    Pages 55-74
  4. Richard Ned Lebow
    Pages 95-114
  5. Douglas B. Klusmeyer
    Pages 115-141
  6. Greg Russell
    Pages 143-168
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 169-175

About this book


This edited volume covers the development of the thought of the political realist Hans J. Morgenthau from the time of his arrival in America from Nazi-dominated Europe through to his emphatic denunciation of American policy in the Vietnam War. Critical to the development of thinking about American foreign policy in the post-war period, he laid out the idea of a national interest defined in terms of power, the precarious uncertainty of the international balance of power, the weakness of international morality, the decentralized character of international law, the deceptiveness of ideologies, and the requirements of a peace-preserving diplomacy. This volume is required reading for students of American foreign policy, and for anyone who wishes to understand the single most important source of the ideas underpinning American foreign policy since the end of the Second World War.


Hans J. Morgenthau America American foreign policy Vietnam War Post-war period International morality Europe Realpolitik ‘Americanization’ of Morgenthau La Notion du ‘Politique’ Politics Among Nations Nazism Reinhold Niebuhr Kenneth Thompson Carl Schmidt E. H. Carr Scientific Man vs Power Politics The New Science of Politics émigré scholarship Six Principles of Political Realism

Editors and affiliations

  • Cornelia Navari
    • 1
  1. 1.University of BuckinghamBuckinghamUnited Kingdom

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