Beyond Pain: The Role of Pleasure and Culture in the Making of Foreign Affairs


Breslin demonstrates that, for two millennia, pleasure has been more effective than pain in defending and advancing the long-term interests of states in foreign affairs. Whether shaped by Asian, European, or American culture, pleasure has demonstrated its effectiveness as a weapon of the strong and the weak alike.

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Publisher: Place of publication:
  • Westport, CT
Publication year:
  • 2002