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The Promotion of KnowledgeLectures to Mark the Centenary of the British Academy 1902-2002$
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John Morrill

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780197263129

Published to British Academy Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5871/bacad/9780197263129.001.0001

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Between Anarchy and Community in International Relations

Between Anarchy and Community in International Relations

(p.129) 6 Between Anarchy and Community in International Relations
The Promotion of Knowledge

James Mayall

British Academy

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

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