Between Anarchy and Community in International Relations

James Mayall

in The Promotion of Knowledge

Published by British Academy

Published in print July 2004 | ISBN: 9780197263129
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734861 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Between Anarchy and Community in International Relations

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This chapter presents the text of a lecture on international relations. It discusses Stanley Hoffmann's opinion on the matter which is that international relations is a by-product of America's own rise to world power after 1945 and its somewhat solipsistic identification of its own interests with those of the world as a whole. It suggests that international relations should be considered as the science of uncertainty, of the limits of action, of the ways in which states try to manage but never quite succeeded in eliminating their own insecurity.

Keywords: international relations; Stanley Hoffmann; America; uncertainty; states; insecurity; British Academy; centenary celebration

Chapter.  6824 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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