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In Fathers of foreign concept, popular foreight affairs student Kenneth W. Thompson returns to the writings of 16 pre-twentieth-century thinkers as a way to greater comprehend the problems and difficulties that frequently beset international politics.

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Page 16 Moreover, not only do normative concerns argue for the connection between political activity on the domestic and international scenes, but so do some of the more novel developments of the twentieth century. The common character of the domestic and the international arenas is not the result of the greater lawfulness and order made possible by international government, as Wilson had hoped, but stems more often from "tyrannical suppression and persecution" and "revolutionary strife," which have spread across much of the world.

The unknowns are more numerous and accidents more frequent. Certainty escapes political observers and leads some to question whether there can indeed be any international theory. What, then, can international theory as such provide? Among the answers theorists have given is that it can bring order and meaning to otherwise-disparate bodies of information. As we struggle to understand the meaning of unrelenting conflict, such as warfare in the Persian Gulf or ethnic conflict in the former Eastern-bloc nations, theory can help us order the vast array of information the mass media brings into our homes.

1/01 subject : International relations, Political science. Page iii Fathers of International Thought The Legacy of Political Theory Kenneth W. Thompson Page iv Copyright © 1994 by Louisiana State University Press All rights reserved Manufactured in the United States of America First printing 03 02 01 00 99 98 97 96 95 94 5 4 3 2 1 Designer: Glynnis Phoebe Typeface: Bembo Typesetter: G & S Typesetters, Inc. Printer and binder: Thomson-Shore, Inc.  Thompson. p. cm. Includes index.  paper).  International relations.

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