Date Thesis Awarded


Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Arts (BA)


International Relations


David Dessler

Committee Member

Jacob L. Goodson

Committee Member

Stephen E. Hanson


States fight wars in order to define the peace. The structure of the international order is fundamentally a conception of justice, with rules dictating who wins and who loses in certain situations. Each and every nation has ideas of what constitutes legitimate and appropriate acts of justice — its vision of the good. Through manipulating physical domination and changes in perceptions of legitimacy, states seek to transform the world order into their vision of the good. As a result, international politics is a struggle for justice.

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Thesis is part of Honors ETD pilot project, 2008-2013. Migrated from Dspace in 2016.