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Book review: realpolitik: a history by John Bew

Ledger, Robert (2016) Book review: realpolitik: a history by John Bew. LSE Review of Books (16 Mar 2016). Website.

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While ‘realpolitik’ has often been understood negatively, associated primarily with Henry Kissinger and used to denote cynical approaches to foreign policy, this new book by John Bew, Realpolitik: A History, offers a more nuanced history of the term by tracing its development from its initial conception in mid-nineteenth-century Germany to the present day. Robert Ledger applauds this expertly written and fascinating text for showing the importance of considering ideas as embedded within particular, and changing, social contexts. Those who read this work will view ‘realpolitik’ in a new light.

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Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2016 13:48
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2023 20:16

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