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A novel theory of politics and international relations rooted in ancient Greek theories of human motives. Lebow offers a framework for understanding transformations of regional and international systems as well as original explanations for the rise of the state, the causes of war, and the reformulation of prospect theory.
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'In this successor volume to The Tragic Vision of Politics, Ned Lebow sets out ... a new Grand Theory for the social sciences... This project involves historical studies ranging over two and a half millennia, and in depth readings of many great thinkers; I am quite certain that everyone will enjoy the ride – it would be impossible to read this tour de force without having one's horizons widened.' Chris Brown, London School of Economics
'Ned Lebow's record of research and publication in IR is second to none. What distinguishes it most of all above the common herd are not just its range and sophistication but also that it is genuinely crosscultural. Entirely in the same spirit of virtue-ethical inquiry as his outstanding The Tragic Vision of Politics, Lebow here interrogates the vital underpinnings of human interstate relations from spirit-based Greek and Roman antiquity to the anxious, threat-based strategies of modernity from Hitler to Bush and beyond.' Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge
'Drawing on ancient Greek thought and practice, Richard Ned Lebow has produced a book of great theoretical power and historical sweep. This is the sort of study that can only be done after years of thought and research, and it will be read for many years to come.' Robert Jervis, Columbia University
'In this impressive follow up to The Tragic Vision of Politics, Ned Lebow continues and further elaborates his ground breaking fusion of Ancient Greek thought, historical imagination and contemporary social science to offer a rich and provocative theory that places culture at the centre of the explanation of international relations. Powerfully written, theoretically sophisticated and full of important historical and contemporary insights, this promises to be a major theoretical departure in the human sciences.' Nicholas Rengger, St Andrews University
'A Cultural Theory [of International Relations] is the capstone of Lebow's unceasing commitment to restoring a dynamic and historical dimension of international relations and to reinstating values and motives to their proper place at the center of enquiry. It also is a milestone in the effort to transform constructivism into a genuinely theoretical enterprise.' Richard Mansbach, Iowa State University
'Lebow's writing is a model of clarity and accessibility and he provides neat, if not short, summaries of his arguments and conclusions at both the beginning and the end of A Cultural Theory of International Relations.' Geoffrey Roberts, H-Diplo
Richard Ned Lebow is James O. Freedman Presidential Professor of Government at Dartmouth College. He is the author of The Tragic Vision of Politics (Cambridge, 2003) which was the winner of the Alexander L. George Book Award of the International Society of Political Psychology, 2005.
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Buchbeschreibung Cambridge University Press, 2008. Gut/Very good: Buch bzw. Schutzumschlag mit wenigen Gebrauchsspuren an Einband, Schutzumschlag oder Seiten. / Describes a book or dust jacket that does show some signs of wear on either the binding, dust jacket or pages. Artikel-Nr. M00521691885-V