E.H. Carr vs. Idealism: The Battle Rages On

  title={E.H. Carr vs. Idealism: The Battle Rages On},
  author={John J. Mearsheimer},
  journal={International Relations},
  pages={139 - 152}
This article is an almost verbatim version of the E.H. Carr Memorial Lecture delivered at Aberystwyth on 14 October 2004. I argue that Carr’s central claims in The Twenty Years’ Crisis are still relevant today. He maintained in that classic realist work that states are the main actors in world politics and that they are deeply committed to pursuing power at each other’s expense. He also argued that British intellectual life in his day was dominated by idealists who largely ignored power… 

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