Resurrecting a Discipline completes a trilogy in which George Liska, renowned scholar of international relations, encapsulates a lifetime of inquiry into past and present world politics. This final book examines the future of politics in general and of the discipline of international relations in particular, seeking a theory that combines the two. The author takes as his starting point former Secretary of State Dean Acheson's call for a "usable theory" of international politics, integrating selections from his own many books on politics, world history, and international relations with analysis of the present and speculation on the future state of scholarship. Scholars of international relations, world politics, and political history will find this book a valuable addition to their collections.
George Liska retired in 1997 as Distinguished Service Professor of the Johns Hopkins University and the Paul H. Nitze Professor at the Nitze School of Advanced International Studies. His many books include the recent Expanding Realism: The Historical Dimension of World Politics and In Search of Politics in the Poetry of Power: Perspectives on Expanding Realism, which are the first and second books in this trilogy.
Chapter 1 Introduction Part 2 Interactions: Balance of Power and Alliances Part 3 Impulsions: Expantion and Consolidation Part 4 Inner Economy: Political Physics and Poetics Part 5 Imperatives and Imagination: Theory vs. Theorization Part 6 Statecraft for the Future: Diagnosis and Prognosis Chapter 7 Compounding Historical with Theoretical Sense