Acknowledgements; Introduction; 1. The realist tradition; 2. Human nature and state motivation; 3. Anarchy, hierarchy and order; 4. System, structure and balance of power; 5. Institutions and international society; 6. Morality and foreign policy; Conclusion: the nature and contribution of realism; Selected recommended readings; References; Index.
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