Thucydides and Modern Realism

  title={Thucydides and Modern Realism},
  author={Jonathan Monten},
  journal={International Studies Quarterly},
This paper makes two main arguments about the relationship between Thucydides, modern realism, and the key conceptual ideas they introduce to situate and explain international politics. First, Thucydides refutes the central claim underlying modern realist scholarship, that the sources of state behavior can be located not in the character of the primary political units but in the decentralized system or structure created by their interaction. Second, however, analyses that discuss Thucydides… Expand
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