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Political Realism in Apocalyptic Times



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From climate change to nuclear war to the rise of demagogic populists, our world is shaped by doomsday expectations. In this path-breaking book, Alison McQueen shows why three of history's greatest political realists feared apocalyptic politics. Niccolo Machiavelli in the midst of Italy's vicious power struggles, Thomas Hobbes during England's bloody civil war, and Hans Morgenthau at the dawn of the thermonuclear age all saw the temptation to prophesy the end of days. Each engaged in subtle and surprising strategies to oppose apocalypticism, from using its own rhetoric to neutralize its worst effects to insisting on a clear-eyed, tragic acceptance of the human condition. Scholarly yet accessible, this book is at once an ambitious contribution to the history of political thought and a work that speaks to our times.

Product code: 9781107152397

ISBN 9781107152397
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H235xW159xS19
No. Of Pages 244
Publisher Cambridge University Press
This book is for: anyone interested in apocalyptic thinking in politics, who will find examples of how this thinking shapes contemporary discourse; scholars of the history of political thought, who will find new interpretations of Machiavelli, Hobbes, and Morgenthau; and scholars of international relations, who will find a novel account of the political realist tradition.