The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939

The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-1939

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By (author) Edward Hallett Carr, Volume editor Michael Cox

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  • Publisher: Palgrave MacMillan
  • Format: Paperback | 344 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 212mm x 22mm | 440g
  • Publication date: 7 December 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Basingstoke
  • ISBN 10: 0333963776
  • ISBN 13: 9780333963777
  • Edition statement: 2nd edition.
  • Illustrations note: chronology, glossary, bibliog , index
  • Sales rank: 102,517

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E.H. Carr's "Twenty Years' Crisis" is a classic work in international relations. Published in 1939, on the eve of World War II, it was immediately recognized by friend and foe alike as a defining work in the fledgling discipline. The author was one of the most influential and controversial intellectuals of the 20th century. The issues and themes he develops in this book continue to have relevance to modern day concerns with power and its distribution in the international system. Michael Cox's critical introduction provides the reader with background information about the author, the context for the book, its main themes and contemporary relevance. Written with the student in mind, it offers a guide to understanding a complex, but crucial text.

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E.H. CARR who died in 1982 at the age of ninety was a Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge, UK, and an Honorary Fellow of Balliol College, Oxford, UK. His books include International Relations between the Two World Wars 1919-1939, The Twenty Years' Crisis 1919-1939, Nationalism and After, The New Society, What is History?, 1917: Before and After, Michael Bakunin, The Russian Revolution From Lenin to Stalin 1917-1929, the fourteen volume History of Soviet Russia and The Twilight of the Comintern 1930-1935. MICHAEL COX is Professor of International Politics at University of Wales, Aberystwyth and editor of the Review of International Studies. His most recent publications include The Eighty Years' Crisis: International Relations 1919-1999 (1998) and E.H. Carr: A Critical Reappraisal (2000).

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'Apparently overtaken by events in the very days of its first publication, Carr's Twenty Years Crisis has never been more pertinent to the discussion of international relations than it is to-day: in a world beset by the twin extremes which he excoriated, a craven and short-sighted realism on the one hand, and an unanchored and irresponsible idealism on the other, Carr's astute arguments should be central to our analysis of, and response to, the world of the twenty-first century.' - Fred Halliday 'The Twenty Years' Crisis is one of those books that somehow never goes out of date. It brings into sharp focus a lot of the core questions that anyone grappling with the complexities of International Relations needs to confront, and it sets a standard of clarity and vigour of prose that has few competitors in the contemporary IR literature.' - Professor Barry Buzan, University of Westminster '...now is the time to relaunch The Twenty Years' Crisis as a basis for rethinking the problem of world order in a time of greater complexity and uncertainty. [Carr's] exposure of the power relations underlying doctrines of the harmony of interests is especially pertinent to a serious understanding of the ideology of globalization today, while his careful discussion of the need to balance power and morality warns against the hypocrisy of contemporary great-power crusading.' - Professor Robert Cox, Emeritus Professor, York University, Canada 'In the 20th century E.H. Carr was one of the most original and interesting thinkers about international relations. Carr's insights into the nature of international affairs warrant attention. Everyone interested in international politics should read this book.' - Robert Gilpin, Eisenhower Professor Emeritus of Public and International Affairs, Princeton University 'the net influence of the book...is mischievous.' - Norman Angell 'brilliantly reasoned.' - R.W. Seton-Watson 'A brilliant, provocative and unsatisfying book.' - Martin Wight 'Carr is the consummate debunker who was debunked by the war itself.' - Arnold Toynbee 'Professor Carr has shown the entire inadequacy of Professors Zimmern and Toynbee: who will demonstrate the entire inadequacy of Professor Carr?' - Richard Crossman

Table of contents

Introduction; Michael Cox Chronology of Events Glossary of Names A Carr Bibliography PART ONE: THE SCIENCE OF INTERNATIONAL POLITICS The Beginning of a Science Utopia and Reality PART TWO: THE INTERNATIONAL CRISIS The Utopian Background The Harmony of Interests The Realist Critique The Limitations of Realism PART THREE: POLITICS, POWER AND MORALITY The Nature of Politics Power in International Politics Morality in International Politics PART FOUR: LAW AND CHANGE The Foundations of Law The Sanctity of Treaties The Judicial Settlement of International Disputes Peaceful Change CONCLUSION The Prospects of a New International Order Index