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Brocker I 289
War/Morgenthau: Morgenthau's thesis (1): That is not why people wage war because they have weapons; rather, they build weapons because they think war is inevitable. The preventive technique of collective security regularly fails because states with their different histories, identities and concrete interests do not agree on what the respective problem is: security is subjective. The technique of peaceful settlement of disputes can only go so far as sovereign states are prepared to actually surrender objects in order to submit them to an international court. The same applies to the association of states in international organizations. See International Organizations/Morgenthau.



1. Hans J. Morgenthau, Politics Among Nations. The Struggle for Power and Peace, New York 1948. Dt.: Hans J. Morgenthau, Macht und Frieden. Grundlegung einer Theorie der internationalen Politik, Gütersloh 1963.

Christoph Frei, „Hans J. Morgenthau, Macht und Frieden (1948)“ in: Manfred Brocker (Hg.) Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert. Frankfurt/M. 2018


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Pol Morg I
Hans Morgenthau
Politics Among Nations: The Struggle for Power and Peace, New York 1948
German Edition:
Macht und Frieden. Grundlegung einer Theorie der internationalen Politik Gütersloh 1963

Brocker I
Manfred Brocker
Geschichte des politischen Denkens. Das 20. Jahrhundert Frankfurt/M. 2018


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