"Realpolitik: A History" by John Bew
Ethics & International Affairs, Volume 30.3 (Fall 2016)
September 14, 2016
Review by Michael C. Williams
Realpolitik: A History, John Bew (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), 408 pp., $27.95 cloth.
Realpolitik is back—or if not back, at least enjoying a day in the sun more fully than it has for several decades. Chastened by the "return" of history in the new millennium, politicians, policymakers, and commentators now routinely acknowledge the value of a little more realpolitik in foreign affairs. More strikingly, and in many eyes troublingly, liberal visions across the globe are now confidently challenged by those who proclaim the inescapability and even the superior morality of realpolitik: from the "new authoritarians" to their admirers in what once seemed the European liberal "paradise" and beyond.
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