An Introduction to Hans Morgenthau's Politics Among Nations

Can countries avoid global warfare if they all act the same way? Consider the importance of international relations with a video analysis of Hans Morgenthau's 1948 work, Politics Among Nations, which cites liberal idealism as a factor in World War II and explains the concept of relative power.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Connect to a lesson on international relations or when discussing the current political climate
  • Have learners research a historical conflict that mirrors Morgenthau's argument
  • Encourage groups to envision a circumstance based on political realism that would allow for world peace among nations
Classroom Considerations

  • You can skip the short advertisement in the beginning of the video
  • Comment section is open to the public
  • A longer and more thorough analysis of the text is available at the publisher's website with a paid subscription or free trial

  • Compares the political atmosphere to a pair of tigers and their territorial protection
  • Brief length makes the video versatile for classroom use

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