The twenty Years’ catharsis: E.H. Carr and IR

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Edward Hallett Carr is one of that small band; he has been acclaimed as one of the intellectual founders, both of the mainstream in the International Relations (IR) discipline and of the approaches of its fiercest critics. One of the purposes of this chapter is to show that the “twenty years crisis” has in fact turned out to be a crisis lasting more than sixty years and that, only now, long after his death, Carr’s crisis might be ending. In his Twenty Years Crisis, Carr labeled the main approach to IR as “realism”. Realism is the necessary corrective to the “exuberance of utopianism, just as in other periods, utopianism must be invoked to counteract the barrenness of realism. Carr anticipated the creation of the International Political Economy. Carr list structural functionalism because of its influence on both French Marxism and “post-Marxism” as well as on the dependency theory.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Relations in a Constructed World
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages33
ISBN (Electronic)9781317467427
ISBN (Print)0765602989, 9780765602985
StatePublished - Jan 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)
  • Social Sciences(all)


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