chapter  10
Normative Justifications
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Politics is the science of the vital interest of States in its widest meaning. Since, however, an isolated state no longer exists, and is found only in the annals of the heathen world ... we must always view the society of states as the essential condition of the modern world. . .. The great axioms of political science proceed from the knowledge of the true political interests of all states; it is upon these general interests that rests the guarantee of their existence.