The Ability Of A Classic Book

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The ability of a classic book is to be reinterpreted. A classic is something that is ‘Judged over a period to be of the highest quality and outstanding of its kind’ (kimsunjin, 2013). A classic book is a book accepted as being paradigmatic or prominent, for instance, books like Pride and Prejudice, To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men and so forth, are listed in a list of great books. Either through an imprimatur or a reader’s opinion. Per Henrik Blidal, Casper Sylvest and Perter Wilson in ‘Classics of international Relations: Essays in criticism and appreciation’ they define a classic in five key ways; ‘the acknowledged or undisputed classic”, “the archetypal classic”, “the classic in the making”,” the overlooked classic” and lastly the “Alternative format classic”. Kenneth Waltz’s neo-realist ‘Theory of International Politics’ is arguably the utmost significant book in International relations, as Jack Donnelly argues it is “causing a fundamental discursive transformation and conveying the notion of anarchy to the forefront” (Donnelly, n.d.). Similarly, Keohane and Nye’s ‘Power and Interdependence’ re-examined the military and economic interests of state and non-state actors. The authors widened the dominant realist worldview of the time and contributed to many of the advances in our modern era of globalization.

* Waltz’s 1979 “Theory of International politics” fits into the category of the ‘acknowledged or undisputed classics’, perhaps because it replaced Morgenthau’s
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