IR Folks from Times Past

IR Folks from Times Past



--Hobbes on Thucydides. Preface to Hobbes's translation of Thucydides (1634).
--Revolution in Corcyra. Thucydides, History of the Peloponnesian War, c. 400, BCE
--The Melian Dialogue. Ibid.
--Was Machiavelli a Machiavellian? Mark Hulliung, Citizen Machiavelli (1975).
--Confederation or Empire? Machiavelli, Discourses on the First Ten Books of Titus Livius (c. 1530).
--Guicciardini Refutes Machiavelli. Francesco Guicciardini, “Considerations on the ‘Discourses’ of Machiavelli”; Ricordi, (c. 1530).
--Machiavelli Through the Ages. Commentaries on Machiavelli’s The Prince: ed., Jean-Pierre Barricelli [1513] (1968).
--Reasons of State. Noel Malcolm, Reason of State, Propaganda, and the Thirty Years’ War: An Unknown Translation by Thomas Hobbes (2007).
--The Plunder of the Nations. Thomas Hobbes, preface to On the Citizen (1642).
--Adam Smith's Machiavellian Moment. The Theory of Moral Sentiments (1759).
--Of Rivalry Among the Great. James Madison, speech in Federal Convention (1787) #
--The Causes of War. Alexander Hamilton, The Federalist (1788) #
--Machiavellism and Its Enemies. Friedrich Meinecke, Machiavellism [1924] (1957).
--The Morality of Nations. Reinhold Niebuhr, Moral Man and Immoral Society: A Study in Ethics and Politics (1932).
--The Nine Rules of Diplomacy. Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations [1948] (1967).
--Never A Man For Causes. George F. Kennan, Memoirs, 1925-1950 (1967).
--Fear, Honor, Interest. Richard Ned Lebow, A Cultural Theory of International Relations (2008).
--Rival Visions of U.S-China Relations. Henry Kissinger. On China (2011)

International Society

--International Theory: The Three Traditions. Hedley Bull, "Martin Wight and the Theory of International Relations: The Second Martin Wight Memorial Lecture" (1976).  
--­Venice and the Liberty of States. Paulo Sarpi, History of the Council of Trent (1619); William Robertson, Fra Paulo Sarpi: The Greatest of the Venetians (1894); William J. Bouwsma, Venice and the Defense of Republican Liberty (1968).
--In Defense of Law. Hugo Grotius, The Rights of War and Peace (1625)
--Against Universal Monarchy. Fenelon, “Two Essays on the Balance of Power” (1720).
--The Three Fundamental Rules of Justice. David Hume, Treatise on Human Nature (1739), and "Of the Rise and Progress of the Arts and Sciences" (1742)
--On the Balance of Power. Bolingbroke, Idea of a Patriot King and others (c. 1740)
--The Enlightened Narrative. J.G.A Pocock, Barbarism and Religion (1999).
--Montesquieu's Enlightened Laws. MontesquieuThe Spirit of the Laws (1748)
--Montesquieu and the Law of Nations. Mark Hulliung, Montesquieu and Old Regime (1976).
--Giving Up the Empire. Josiah Tucker, The True Interest of Great Britain . . . (1774) and A Letter to Edmund Burke (1775). #
--On the Necessity of Confederation. John Witherspoon, speech in Congress (1776) #
--Four Ways to End the War. Adam Smith, "Thoughts on the State of the Contest with America" (1778). #
--On Morality and Interest in Foreign Policy. Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus (1793). #

--From War to Commerce. Benjamin Constant, The Spirit of Conquest (1813).
--Hobbes and Rousseau: A Liberal Critique. Benjamin Constant, Principles of Politics (1815).
--The Progress of International Law. Henry Wheaton, Elements of International Law (1845).
--Glories of the Grotian Tradition. Hersch Lauterpacht, "The Grotian Tradition in International Law" (1946).
--The Global Covenant. Robert Jackson, The Global Covenant: Human Conduct in a World of States (2000). 
--The Irrelevance of Europe (and Multilateralism). Richard Haass, “Why Europe No Longer Matters.”
--Edward Gibbon on the Snowden Affair. Edward Gibbon, The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, (1776-1781)  

Human Rights

--Radical Enlightenment and French Revolution. Jonathan Israel, A Revolution of the Mind (2010)
--Imagining Independence. Thomas Paine, Common Sense (1776) #
--On Promoting Liberty Abroad. Alexander Hamilton, Pacificus (1793). #
--The Causes of the French Revolution. Edward Everett, eulogy of Lafayette (1834) #
--The Enlightenment Project. Sankar Muthu, Enlightenment Against Empire (2003).
--Religion and the Origins of Human Rights. Arthur M. Schlesinger, “Human Rights and the American Tradition” (1977) 
--Questions about Human Rights. Ibid.  
--Forefathers for Humanitarian Intervention. Gary Bass, Freedom’s Battle: The Origins of Humanitarian Intervention (2008). 
--Seven Subversive Currents (in China). New York Times (2013).
--Seven Basic Values. John Finnis, Natural Law and Natural Rights (1980).

International Political Economy

--War and the National Debt. Adam Smith, Wealth of Nations (1776). #
--Illusions of Empire. Ibid. #
--Against Free Trade. Alexander Hamilton, Report on Manufactures (1791). #
--Efficient Market Theory Verified. Stockcharts (2008) +
--Kindleberger's History Lesson. Brad DeLong and Barry Eichengreen, preface to Charles Kindleberger, A World in Depression, 1929-1939 (2012).
--Keynesian Economics. Paul Krugman, “Mr. Keynes and the Moderns” (2011). 
--Lessons Learned from Financial Crisis. Brad DeLong (2011).
--Global History and Modern Political Economy. Mark Healey, “Late Arrivals, Productive Failures, and Unsuspected Precedents: The Value of Global History for Modern Political Economy” (2011).

--Ecological vs. Environmental Economics. Wikipedia (2013). +
--Marx Makes a Comeback. Charles Hugh Smith, (2011) +
--The End of Growth. Commentary on Robert Gordon’s thesis by Martin Wolf and Michael Feller (2012) +
--“Financialization” and Commodity Markets. Bank of Japan (2011). +
--Resource Scarcity and the China Bubble. The Economist; Nouriel Roubini (2011). +
--Eurozone Faces Intolerable Choices. Martin Wolf (2011)
--Transparency Standards in African Resource Development. Paul Collier (2011).
--The Limits of Capitalism. Jeremy Grantham, “Longest Quarterly Letter Ever”(2012) +

International History

 --Alexander the Megalomaniacal. Peter Green, “He Found the Real Alexander,” The New York Review of Books (2012).
--A Classical Fable: The Dialogue of Pyrrhus and Cineas. Plutarch, Life of Pyrrhus.
--The Expansion of Rome. William Shepherd, Historical Atlas (1923).
--Virtues and Vices of the Romans. Edward Gibbon, Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire (1776).
--Scourge of God, Destroyer of Nations. William Robertson, “A View of the Progress of Society in Europe: A Historical Outline from the Subversion of the Roman Empire to the Beginning of the Sixteenth Century,” History of the Reign of the Emperor Charles V (1769).
--Balances of Power, Ancient and Modern. David Hume, Of the Balance of Power (1752).
--War and Intervention in Renaissance Italy. Jacob Burckhardt, The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy (1860).
--The Political Skeleton of International Relations. Martin Wight, Power Politics (1978).
--The Confederacy of Kings. Clarendon, History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars (1702).
--From Westphalia to Utrecht. Herbert Butterfield, Dictionary of the History of Ideas (1973).
--Not Holy, Not Roman, Not an Empire. James Madison, Federalist No. 19 (1788)
--How Conscription Came to Europe. Guglielmo Ferrero, Problems of Peace: From the Holy Alliance to the League of Nations (1919).
--America, China, and the Crowe Memorandum (1907). Jonathan Spence, New York Review of Books (2011).
--Look at the World. Richard Edes Harrison, Look at the World: The Fortune Atlas for World Strategy (1944).
--The Nuclear Peace. Francis Harry Hinsley, “The Rise and Fall of the Modern International System,” Review of International Studies (1982).
--The Causes of Revolution. Leon Aron, “Everything You Think You Know About the Collapse of the Soviet Union Is Wrong.”Foreign Policy (2011).

U.S. Foreign Policy

--First Principles of American Foreign Policy. John Adams, various letters (1783). #
--Union and Independence. George Washington, Farewell Address (1796). #
--Essential Principles of American Government. Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural (1801) #
--The Lippmann Gap. Walter Lippmann, U.S. Foreign Policy (1943)
--The New Isolationists. Thanassis Cambanis, Boston Globe (2011)
--Obama's Middle East. David Bromwich, New York Review of Books (2001).  
--Gates' Stunning Admission. Thom Shanker, New York Times (2011).
--Niall Ferguson's Grand Strategy for America. Niall Ferguson, Newsweek (2011)
--The Engelhardt Gap. Tom Engelhardt,“What Planet Are We On?” Tomdispatch (2013).

War and Peace

--Satan's War Council. John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667).
--The Complaint of Peace. Desiderius Erasmus, Querela Pacis, The Complaint of Peace (1517)
--Laws of Nature, Means of Peace. Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan; Or The Matter, Forme and Power of a Commonwealth Ecclesiasticall and Civil, (1651).
--The Disutility of Force. Edmund Burke, Speech on Conciliation (1775). #
--On Standing Armies. James Madison, The Federalist (1788). #
--Universal Peace. James Madison, National Gazette (1792) #
--Who's the Greatest? Napoleon Bonaparte vs. James Madison. James Barbour, eulogy of Madison (1836). #
--To Win or Not to Lose. Raymond Aron, Peace and War: A Theory of International Relations (1962).
--Pakistan's Hate Relationship with India. Aatish Taseer, “Why My Father Hated India,” Wall Street Journal (2011).
--International Peace: One Hundred Years On. David Hendrickson, Ethics and International Affairs (2013).

Verities (from H.L. Mencken, Dictionary of Quotations)



--Three Ways of Knowing. Bent Flyvbjerg, Making Social Science Matter (2001).
--The Classical Humanist Approach to IR. Robert Jackson, The Global Covenant (2000).
--Fear, Honor, Interest. Richard Ned Lebow, A Cultural Theory of International Relations (2008). *
--Three Sins of the IR Tribe. Barry Buzan and Richard Little,“The Idea of International System: Theory Meets History” (2000).
--Unfrozen Voices from Antiquity. John Hale, The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance (1994).
--Of History and Historians, Mencken, Dictionary of Quotations
--Global History and Modern Political Economy. Mark Healey (2011) *
--Lessons Learned from Financial Crisis. Brad DeLong (2011) *
--The Risks of Quantification. William Byers, Harvard Business Review Blog (2011). 
--Long Term Thinking. Financial Times (2011)
--Proper Attire for Writing Papers

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* signifies  dual listing on IR and All That
# signifies post from The American Experiment
+ signifies post from Energy Predicament

Thanks to Allyson Siegal for her help in preparing this Table of Contents.