Fullerton, [William] Morton. Problems of Power: A Study of International Politics from Sadowa to Kirk-Kilisse. London: Constable and Company, 1913. xx, 323 pp. Cloth, moderate shelfwear, binding slightly skewed. A few marks in pencil to rear free endpaper, interior otherwise clean. A good copy. $20. * Fullerton was an American journalist who lived in Paris. A well-traveled, sophisticated man, he was respected for his penetrating insights and graceful prose. Problems of Power, his finest work, argues that international law and Realpolitik lost their hold on the conduct of international relations around 1870. Contemporary affairs since then were determined by a fear of political weakness resulting from cultural and spiritual decline. Written just before the outbreak of World War I, this book offers more than historical interest. Fullerton's argument that this fear was provoked by the global economy, and that it encouraged nationalism, protective economic measures and a fervent desire to repel foreign cultures, remains relevant today.
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