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Political Science
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Bismarck-realpolitik The politics of reality-politics based on practical rather than moral or ideological considerations Conservatives. Minimalistexpansionist, militaristic It doesnt matter if a cat is black or white, so long as it catches mice (Deng Xiaoping); unholy alliances Power politics; actors follow international interest E.H. Carr 20 years crisis, 1919-1930 Realism : Places its emphasis on the acceptance of facts and the analysis of their causes and consequences. (Carr, 1930) (Vs. idealism, which is when people see the world as they want to see it not as it is) T. Hobbes, 1588-1679 (Professor gave a background of Hobbes) He wanted to do to politics what geometry does to math, i.e. a set of laws that will solve the problems of politics He wrote the leviathan (1651) -He began a thought experiment The state of nature: How will people behave when all the world institutions collapse? In a state of nature: a war of every man
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