Pessimism in International Relations - Provocations, Possibilities, Politics

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This volume explores the past, present and future of pessimism in International Relations. It seeks to differentiate pessimism from cynicism and fatalism and assess its possibilities as a respectable perspective on national and international politics. The book traces the origins of pessimism in political thought from antiquity through to the present day, illuminating its role in key schools of International Relations and in the work of important international political theorists. The authors analyse the resurgence of pessimism in contemporary politics, such as in the new populism, attitudes to migration, indigenous politics, and the Anthropocene. This edited volume provides the first collection of scholarly work on pessimism in International Relations theory and practice and offers fresh perspectives on an intellectual position often considered as disreputable as it is venerable.

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Illustrations Note:
XI, 215 p. 1 illus.
Table of Contents:
1. Introduction: The Problems of PessimismTim Stevens and Nicholas Michelsen
Part I: Histories of Pessimism
2. Pessimism in International RelationsRichard Ned Lebow
3. The Romance of Realism: Pessimism as TragedyRonnie Hjorth
4. Cassirer, Fatalism and Political Myth: Historical Lessons in the Consequences of Pessimism for International RelationsMark Bailey
5. Liberal Pessimism: An Intellectual History of Suspicion in the Cold WarDillon S. Tatum
6. Productive Pessimism: Rehabilitating John Herz’s Survival Research for the AnthropoceneTim Stevens
Part II: Pessimisms Today
7. The Global Politics of Ugly Feelings: Pessimism and Resentment in a Mimetic WorldElisabetta Brighi
8. Pessimism and the US Alt-Right: Knowledge, Power, Race and TimeNicholas Michelsen and Pablo de Orellana
9. The Pessimism of the Shipwreck: Theorising Migration in International RelationsMyriam Fotou
10. The Pessimism Traps of Indigenous ResurgenceSheryl R. Lightfoot
11. After Pessimism? Affirmative Approaches to the AnthropoceneDavid Chandler
12. Afterword: The New Pessimism in Twenty-First Century World PoliticsPhilip G. Cerny
Editor:
Stevens, Tim;Stevens
Michelsen, Nicholas;Michelsen
Remarks:
Presents the first volume on pessimism in IR and its contribution to international political thought


Identifies the many species and manifestations of pessimism in contemporary politics


Considers whether pessimism can operate as the foundation of positive thought and action

Media Type:
Hardcover
Publisher:
Springer International Publishing
Biography Artist:
Tim Stevens is Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK. He is the author of Cyber Security and the Politics of Time and co-author of Cyberspace and the State.


Nicholas Michelsen is Senior Lecturer in the Department of War Studies, King’s College London, UK. He is the author of Politics and Suicide: The Philosophy of Political Self-Destruction.

Language:
English
Edition:
1st ed. 2020
Number of Pages:
215

Master Data

Product Type:
Hardback book
Release date:
July 3, 2019
Package Dimensions:
0.216 x 0.154 x 0.02 m; 0.424 kg
GTIN:
09783030217792
DUIN:
E8BMQGM4VJF
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