POLI 243 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Kenneth Waltz

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15 Jan 2019
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Early theorizing in international relations
Why a standing point of IR? There started to have a
split of economy and politics, also ww1 and ww2
spurred a lot of discussion, people had trouble
understanding what they had just been through
a.
Left: Woodrow Wilson
b.
Right: peace talk, the leader of the big four, how to
prevent same type of war from happening again
c.
One source: scholars of international law
Idealists (also referred to as utopians)
i.
League of nations
ii.
d.
A.
Classical idealism
Human bahavior can be perfected
a.
A "harmony of interests existed" between people and
between states
b.
War is never an appropriate way to resolve disputes,
harmony needs to be uncovered
c.
With the correct laws and institutions guiding behavior,
the harmony of interests will be revealed
d.
B.
Another source: historians
Realists
a.
Psychology: humans are not nice by nature, therefore
the assumption for perfected interest is wrong
b.
Russel, EH Car
20 years crisis: ww1 left things a mess
i.
c.
C.
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