Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order (Paperback)
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Grand Strategies: Literature, Statecraft, and World Order (Paperback)

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Paperback 384 Pages / Published: 03/05/2011
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"The international world of states and their modern system is a literary realm," writes Charles Hill in this powerful work on the practice of international relations. "It is where the greatest issues of the human condition are played out."

A distinguished lifelong diplomat and educator, Hill aims to revive the ancient tradition of statecraft as practiced by humane and broadly educated men and women. Through lucid and compelling discussions of classic literary works from Homer to Rushdie, Grand Strategies represents a merger of literature and international relations, inspired by the conviction that "a grand strategist . . . needs to be immersed in classic texts from Sun Tzu to Thucydides to George Kennan, to gain real-world experience through internships in the realms of statecraft, and to bring this learning and experience to bear on contemporary issues."

This fascinating and engaging introduction to the basic concepts of the international order not only defines what it is to build a civil society through diplomacy, justice, and lawful governance but also describes how these ideas emerge from and reflect human nature.

Publisher: Yale University Press
ISBN: 9780300171334
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 476 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 26 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS

"Grand Strategies concerns statesmanship and strategy: the uses of power, the fate of alliances, war and peace. It also, happily, provides a tour through the Great Books, giving special attention to nation-states and their vexed relations."-William Anthony Hay, Wall Street Journal


"Charles Hill's Grand Strategies makes an invaluable contribution to the field of international studies. Hill understands that the conduct of diplomacy and international politics requires wisdom and creative choices in the face of the complexities of geopolitics and the dilemmas of foreign policy. His book restores historical understanding and philosophical depth to a field which seemed to have abandoned both."-Braz Baracuhy, Survival
"An intellectual tour de force . . ."-Christopher Coker, RUSI Journal
"A remarkable book. . . . Hill is the exemplification of the Clausewitzian coup d'oeil-the ability to see how everything connects to everything else."-John Gaddis, Yale University

"Charles Hill's Grand Strategies is a gem that combines long and valuable practical experience with the wisdom that comes from a broad and deep knowledge of history, literature and philosophy to produce a wisdom badly needed by statesmen and diplomats."-Donald Kagan, Yale University


"A triumph of intellectual unification. Ranging globally through history and literature, Hill brilliantly demonstrates how certain key issues have driven grand strategy and statecraft from ancient to post-modern times."-Arthur Waldron, author of The Great Wall of China: From History to Myth


"In an age of short attention spans and disaggregated facts, Charles Hill does much to revive two venerable traditions-the classical ideal of statesmanship, and the close engagement with great texts."-Henry A. Kissinger

"Charles Hill's clear-headed and erudite exploration of the world's literary heritage on the subject of statecraft and the state system opens wide vistas for understanding the past and future of international affairs. This is a convincing and much-needed statement of the essential importance of the humanities in preparing the leaders of the future."-Norman M. Naimark, Stanford University


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