Books on International Relations

Classical Realism

James Burnham (1905-1987)
Managerial Revolution: What is Happening in the World (1941)
The Machiavellians: Defenders of Freedom (1942)

  • Dante Alighieri (1265-1321): Politics as Wish
  • Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527): The Science of Power
  • Gaetano Mosca (1858-1941): The Theory of the Ruling Class
  • Georges Sorel (1847-1922): A Note on Myth and Violence
  • Robert Michels (1876-1936): The Limits of Democracy
  • Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923): The Nature of Social Action

Thomas Hobbes (1588-1679)
Leviathan (1651)

Niccolò Machiavelli (1469-1527)
The Prince (1532)
The Discourses on Livy (1531)

Robert Michels (1876-1936)
Political Parties (1911)

Hans Morgenthau (1904-1980)
Politics Among Nations (1948)

Gaetano Mosca (1858-1941)
The Ruling Class (1896)

Vilfredo Pareto (1848-1923)
The Mind and Society (1916)
The Rise and Fall of Elites (1968)

Georges Sorel (1847-1922)
Reflections on Violence (1908)

Thucydides (460-400 BCE)
The History of the Peloponnesian War


Henry Kissinger (1923-)
Diplomacy (1994)
On China (2011)
World Order (2014)
The Age of AI and our human future (2021)

John J. Mearsheimer (1947-)
Books on Offensive Realism:
Conventional Deterrence (1983)
The Tragedy of Great Power Politics (2001)
The Israel Lobby and U.S. Foreign Policy (2007)
Why Leaders Lie: the Truth about Lying in International Politics (2010)
The Great Delusion: Liberal Dreams & International Reality (2018)

Kenneth N. Waltz (1924-2013)
Books on Passive Realism:
Man, the State, and War: A Theoretical Analysis (1959)
Theory of International Politics (1979)
The Spread of Nuclear Weapons: an Enduring Debate (1981)
Realism and International Politics (2008)

Classical Liberalism

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804)
Perpetual Peace: A Philosophical Sketch (1795)

John Locke (1632-1704)
Books on Political Liberalism:
Second Treatise of Government (1690)

Adam Smith (1723-1790)
Books on Economic Liberalism:
Wealth of Nations (1776)

Woodrow Wilson (1856-1924)
Fourteen Points Address to Congress (1918)

Neoliberal IR Theory

Robert Axelrod (1943-)
The Evolution of Cooperation (1981)

Francis Fukuyama (1952-)
The End of History and the Last Man (1992)
Liberalism and its Discontents (2022)

Samuel Huntington (1927-2008)
The Clash of Civilizations and the Remaking of World Order (1996)

John Ikenberry (1954-)
After Victory: Institutions, Strategic Restraint,
and the Rebuilding of Order After Major Wars (2001)

A World Safe for Democracy: Liberal Internationalism and
the Crises of Global Order (2020)

Robert O. Keohane (1941-)
After Hegemony (1984)

Robert O. Keohane and Joseph Nye
Power and Interdependence (1977)

George F. Kennan (1904-2005)
Sources of Soviet Conduct (1947)
American Diplomacy (2012)

Jack Matlock (1929-)
Autopsy on an Empire: Reflecting on the End of the Soviet Union (1995)
Reagan and Gorbachev: How the Cold War Ended (2004)
Superpower Illusions: How Myths and False Ideologies Led America Astray—
and How to Return to Reality (2010)

Other References on International Relations

Zerbe, Noah

References on International Relations by Noah Zerbe

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