Mearsheimer summary

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-1Alexandria Xereas-Gonzales Government 491 Professor Smith September 3, 2008 John Mearsheimer, The Tragedy of Great Power Politics Mearsheimer seeks to examine and provide explanation for the birth of power and how it is measured and maintained throughout the international political world. He categorizes the power of states into two distinct kinds: latent power and military power. Latent power and military power, he explains, are similar and are related, but are also very different because they are developed from two completely different roots. Latent power “refers to the socio-economic ingredients that go into building military power; it is largely based on a state’s wealth and the overall size of its population.” He believes that in order for a great power to thrive and maintain its greatness it needs an abundance of wealth, enormous knowledge in technology, and enough people to help build the military and in turn be those responsible and reliable for seeing the state through a successful war. He believes that great military power is strongly induced by great latent power.
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