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Dr. Schwazenberger’s Power Politics, 47 American Journal of International Law 115 (1953)

Abstract

The new, substantially rewritten and much enlarged edition of Dr. Schwarzenberger's Power Politics raises issues much too fundamental to be disposed of in cursory review. It is our purpose in this editorial to outline his major thesis only and to indicate some of the principal difficulties in that thesis.

Dr. Schwarzenberger states that his "main objective," stimulated by a desire to see international law "in perspective" or "from the outside," is "to provide a working theory of international relations which fits the facts and main trends of international relations, past and present, and which puts the proper emphasis on the real driving forces in this turbulent society" (p. xvi). The "objects" of "the science of international relations" are defined as "the evolution and structure of international society; the individuals and groups which are actively or passively engaged in this social nexus; the types of behavior in the international environment; the driving forces behind action in the international sphere, and the pattern of things to come on the international plane" (p. 3). Subsidiary objectives which in fact appear in the book, though not so explicitly formulated at the beginning, are exorcism of the sinister demon "power politics" and the proposal of a form of organization which might enable the contemporary world to escape this demon.

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1953

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