Jawaharlal Nehru's World View: A Theory of International Relations

Jawaharlal Nehru's World View: A Theory of International Relations

Jawaharlal Nehru's World View: A Theory of International Relations

Jawaharlal Nehru's World View: A Theory of International Relations

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This is a case study of Jawaharlal Nehru's theory of international relations. It attempts to describe his explanation of why states behave as they do and the reforms he is trying to bring about in the present inter-state system. Although some secondary sources have been used to ascertain Nehru's views, chief reliance has been placed on the considerable volume of his own expressions--speeches, books, interviews, press conferences, and articles--that have been increasing steadily in quantity for approximately forty years. The material for a detailed and definitive study will not be available, of course, until some years after Nehru's death. But enough material is available now to suggest the major lines of his thought; and that is what I have tried to describe. My major interest is not in Nehru himself, however, despite the fact that he is one of the most fascinating people of our time. I am equally interested in anyone who is the manager of the foreign policy of a significant state. My major interest is in promoting my own and others' understanding of international relations; and understanding is likely to be deepened by a knowledge of the basic assumptions, theories, goals, interests, convictions, and what not that are in the heads of the practical politicians who make and execute the foreign policies of important states. Whether their ideas are . . .

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