Social Construction of International Politics: Identities & Foreign Policies, Moscow, 1955 and 1999

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In this deeply researched book Ted Hopf challenges contemporary theorizing about international relations. He advances what he believes is a commonsensical notion: a state's domestic identity has an enormous effect on its international policies. Hopf argues that foreign policy elites are inextricably bound to their own societies; in order to understand other states, they must first understand themselves. To comprehend Russian and Soviet foreign policy, "it is just as important to read what is being consumed on the Moscow subway as it is to conduct research in the Foreign Ministry archives," the author says.

Hopf recreates the major currents in Russian/Soviet identity, reconstructing the "identity topographies" of two profoundly important years, 1955 and 1999. To provide insights about how Russians made sense of themselves in the post- Stalinist and late Yeltsin periods, he not only uses daily newspapers and official discourse, but also delves into works intended for mass consumption- popular novels, film reviews, ethnographic journals, high school textbooks, and memoirs. He explains how the different identities expressed in these varied materials shaped the worldviews of Soviet and Russian decisionmakers. Hopf finds that continuous renegotiations and clashes among competing domestic visions of national identity had a profound effect on Soviet and Russian foreign policy. Broadly speaking, Hopf shows that all international politics begins at home.

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"In this impressive work of interpretivist international relation theorizing, Ted Hopf seeks an understanding of how the identities contained within a state affect the ways in which that state views others."―Virginia Quarterly Review, 79:3

"Identity, the author believes, is crucial in shaping one's understanding of states as adversaries, allies, or something in between. Identity's content, however, can be conjured not by drawing on a priori categories but only by uncovering society's discourses, and these emerge not only from speeches, texts, essays, and editorials, but even from pulp fiction."―Foreign Affairs, March/April 2003.

"Ted Hopf, a professor of political science at Ohio State University and author of works on both American and Russian foreign policy, has produced an intriguing book. Social Construction of International Politics is an examination of how Soviet and, later, Russian leaders understood the USSR, Russia, and other states in terms of social identities, and how those social identities were instrumental in shaping Soviet and Russian foreign policy choices. . . . For specialists of Soviet and/or Russian foreign policy, or international relations theorists, this is a worthwhile read and one that I recommend."―Nathaniel Richmond, Utica College, The Russian Review, 62:4, October 2003.

"Ted Hopf has long been at the forefront of linking theories of social construction and identity to the empirical study of foreign policy. In this long-awaited magnum opus, he develops valuable insights from the social theory of identity, invents a highly sophisticated inductive method for discovering political identities, and demonstrates the method with fascinating case studies from the history of Soviet and Russian foreign policy. No serious student of international relations, qualitative methodology, or Russian politics can afford to ignore this path-breaking work."―Matthew Evangelista, Author of Unarmed Forces: The Transnational Movement to End the Cold War

"Ted Hopf's discussion of what identity entails, his careful delineation of the lines between individual and social cognition, and his approach to discerning the very diverse axes that define identity are all among the most sophisticated treatments of these issues I have seen in the literature on international relations."―James Richter, Bates College

"Social Construction of International Politics is one of the most original and important works to appear in international relations theory in many years. This book will become the definitive theoretical statement of interpretivist constructivism, one rooted in cognitive psychology and symbolic interactionism."―Douglas Blum, Providence College

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