© 2012

The Concept of the Political

  • Authors
  • Editors
  • Hartmut Behr
  • Felix Rösch

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Introduction

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Hans J. Morgenthau
      Pages 3-14
    3. Hans J. Morgenthau
      Pages 33-46
    4. Hans J. Morgenthau
      Pages 47-79
  3. The Concept of the Political and the Theory of International Disputes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 81-85
    2. Hans J. Morgenthau
      Pages 86-87
    3. Hans J. Morgenthau
      Pages 88-95
    4. Hans J. Morgenthau
      Pages 96-120
    5. Hans J. Morgenthau
      Pages 121-133
    6. Hans J. Morgenthau
      Pages 134-136
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 137-164

About this book


A growing interest in the oeuvre of Hans J. Morgenthau and in re-readings of 'classical realism' increases the significance of his European, pre-emigration writings in order to understand the work of one of the founding figures of IR. This book is the first English translation of Morgenthau's French monograph La notion du politique from 1933 (translated by Maeva Vidal).


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About the authors

HARTMUT BEHR Professor of International Politics at Newcastle University, UK. He is the author of A History of International Political Theory and has published widely in international journals.
FELIX ROESCH Center Associate of the Jean Monnet Center of Excellence at Newcastle University, UK. His research concentrates on the European scholars émigré and the encounter of academic and intellectual cultures.

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'The Concept of the Political is Morgenthau's initial attempt to distinguish the political from the legal and to conceptualize the political as a distinct realm of human affairs. After all these decades, it is finally available in English, and in an excellent translation. Equally valuable is the thorough and thoughtful Introduction by the editors that locates the work in its intellectual and political milieu and discusses the role in played in its author's intellectual development.' - Richard Ned Lebow, James O. Freedman Presidential Professor, Dartmouth College

'Hans J. Morgenthau was far more than an advocate of power politics. A full appreciation of his nuanced version of realism cannot be gained, however, without easy access to his early European writings and an accurate understanding of the context in which they were written. Despite some initial steps in that regard, much work remains to be done. With the publication of this careful translation of Morgenthau's La notion du 'Politique,' the editors render an essential service to English-speaking students of international relations and political theory.' Professor Christoph Frei, University of St Gallen