In Search of Poetry in the Politics of Power is an intellectual autobiography of George Liska, a distinguished scholar of foreign policy. Integrating personal memoir with a discussion of world politics and international relations, this book includes selections from Liska's most important writings from the past 50 years. Topics discussed include realism and world politics; historicism; historicist realism and statesmanship; and the prospects for scholarship in the next half century. This is a valuable book for scholars of international relations, world politics, and political history.
George Liska is Distinguished Service Professor (Emeritus) at Johns Hopkins University and the Paul H. Nitze Professor at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies.
Chapter 1 Preface: Beyond a Portentous Half-Century Chapter 2 Introduction: Scholar of Foreign Policy between Action and Contemplation-Personal Memoir of a Romantic Realist Part 3 Realism and the Speculative Approach to World Politics Part 4 Historicism as the Temporal Dimension of Realism Part 5 Historicist Realism and Its Enemies in Statesmanship and Scholarship Chapter 6 Conclusion: In Defense of Scholarship for the Next Half-Century Chapter 7 Bibliography Chapter 8 Index