- Paperback: 244 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; 450th ed. edition (March 25, 1964)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061311227
- ISBN-13: 978-0061311222
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.6 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939: An Introduction to the Study of International Relations 450th ed. Edition
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In Carr's 1939 title, one of the first serious studies in the area of international relations, he discusses theories of society, the nature of politics, the military, and more. This edition has been updated by Michael Cox, a professor of international politics at the University of Wales, Aberstwyth, where Carr himself was a professor decades earlier. This is more for the academic crowd.
Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
." . . this book is a monument to the human power of sane and detached analysis. In its examination of the collapse of the international system, it is utterly devoid of national bias, or that bitter denunciation of governments and men which marks so much recent literature dealing with the crisis.... In the development of his thesis, Professor Carr has produced one of the most significant contributions to the systematic study of the theory of international politics that this reviewer has seen in years."-- W. P. Maaddox "The American Political Science Review""To take [the author's] work at his own evaluation of it, it would make an admirable introductory text for any college course in diplomatic history or international relations. It deserves wider and more practical attention. A wiser commentary on why the nations were at war, a more fruitful suggestion for the peacemakers, has yet to be written."-- A. W. Griswold, "The"
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An insightful and interesting work, that should be required reading for anyone serious about international relations.
He covers all of the competing philosophies that precluded WWI:
• Utopian Ideologies versus those of Realism
The book discusses the main international actors (both individuals and nation states) that promoted the utopian ideology versus those that promoted the ideology of realism. Carr thoroughly compares the two ideologies and offers a critique of both. He shows how the push and pull of these two ideologies manifested through military conflict, economic conflict and ultimately lead down a path that started WWI and then, ultimately, lead to “international cooperation”.
The stage for this international cooperation was the science of International Relations. The conceptualization of International Relations as an idea really began after WWI. This is when the nation states of the world were motivated into looking at things on an international level.
The book is meant to be academic in nature so at times it can get a little esoteric. Never the less, it really does an excellent job in highlighting the progression of ideologies that lead to The Great War. It is a great introduction on a myriad of topics that the reader can use as a jumping off point for additional research or casual reading. To me, the sign of a good book is one that makes you think and makes you want to go out and read other books related to the main topic.
In conclusion, I really liked the book, especially the first two-thirds of the book. The only reason I am not giving it 5 stars is because it gets a little circular/repetitive at times and I feel like his conclusion was a little unresolved.
I would recommend this book to anyone interested in this topic, or anyone that is looking for research material related to this time period (topic).
But E.H. Carr preceded both these fine gentlemen, and Carr is at his finest here displaying a sarcastic wit and overall nasty tone in ripping apart the overly idealistic liberal position adopted by Wilson, Kellogg or Briand, who really thought that world peace could be had through ineffectual action via international organizations and lots of talking between nations.
Carr, in true realist guise (pre-Morgenthau, at least), doesn't elaborate on any principles that could be used to form a coherent theory. But the strengths of this book are in helping those who don't fully appreciate why WW2 came about understand the failure of liberalism, and in entertaining those of us in IR who are bored with the standard IR readings. This book is hilarious, and is certainly worth reading. Just don't expect it to be terribly profound.