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By Jürg Martin Gabriel (auth.)

'This publication could be of curiosity to all scholars of foreign politics, and, in fact, in particular to these attracted to theory.' - Kenneth N.Waltz, Ford Professor of Political technological know-how, college of California This ebook experiences classical and modern theories of diplomacy, and it does so at the foundation of 4 interrelated worldviews. Worldviews are basic yet simple units; they're characterised, at the one hand, by way of the duality of warfare and peace, and, however, via the duality of anarchy and hierarchy. Worldviews allow the isolation of recommendations critical to describing and reading diplomacy and are more desirable to such famous different types because the billiard-ball, the cobweb, and the layer-cake approach.

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Gentz drew that distinction, Clausewitz did not. His unsuccessful attempt to develop a general theory of war is accompanied by a very general and uncertain conception of the state. This uncertainty reflects Clausewitz's own experience with the state. He confronted various types of states- the conservative, the revolutionary liberal, and the early national state. He served conservative rulers, but for a while was also identified with the Prussian reformers, although they were neither liberals nor democrats.

It is based on the principle that in peace states should do their utmost to help each other, and in war the utmost not to hurt each other. The classical international law of war defines the ground rules of the contest, the manner in which war is initiated, fought and terminated, and it restrains the use of force. Balance of power politics, therefore, is not a pure Hobbesian state of war or an unlimited Darwinist struggle for survival. These assume the unrestrained use of force; balance of power politics does not.

Because this second definition is tied to the logic of engines it is not separated from reconstruction. Contextual definitions presuppose reconstruction, coincide with it and are therefore circular. 23 As we move from physical to human affairs, the separation of contextual and noncontextual definitions becomes difficult. A European football, for instance, can be defined noncontextually as a round leather object filled with air and kicked around by human beings. For most people, however, footballs are intimately related to a context, to the notion of sports, to a specific form of interpersonal competition, to systems of action with specific rules and regulations, to human behavior with a clear purpose and an end.

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