Morality and foreign policy by Thompson, Kenneth W.

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Published by Louisiana State University Press in Baton Rouge .

Written in English

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  • United States

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  • International relations -- Moral and ethical aspects,
  • United States -- Foreign relations -- Moral and ethical aspects

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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Book details

StatementKenneth W. Thompson.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsJX1417 .T49
The Physical Object
Paginationxiii, 197 p. ;
Number of Pages197
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL4419027M
ISBN 100807106569
LC Control Number79023211

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