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Realist Paradigms of Interstate behavior

Arthur M. Eckstein

in Mediterranean Anarchy, Interstate War, and the Rise of Rome

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2007 | ISBN: 9780520246188
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520932302 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520246188.003.0002
Realist Paradigms of Interstate behavior

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The main message of this chapter is to set ahead the basic elements in the realist approach to interstate behavior—the core hypotheses of realist theory. Realist theoreticians began by arguing for an explanation of international behavior of states which lies in their understandable self-seeking within a condition of violence and potential violence. In this theory, the threat of violence continually circumscribes international politics that circumscribes the choices of action available to states. Both Greeks and Romans were well acquainted with understate anarchy and its consequences. The theory states that any sensible state is under great pressure to become and remain stronger than its likely enemies. When two or more large constructed spheres of influence come into contact, the possibilities of serious conflict are obvious.

Keywords: realist; theoreticians; Greeks; Romans; theory

Chapter.  10899 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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