SAT Subject US History Practice Question 631: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 631

72. President Richard Nixon and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger shared a belief in "realpolitik," which is best described as

A. a realistic belief in the ideal of democracy over any other interests
B. a foreign policy that puts human rights first
C. a foreign policy patterned after that of Germany
D. diplomacy guided by the writings of Immanuel Kant
E. a foreign policy guided by national interests rather than ideals

Correct Answer: E


Realpolitik first was practiced by Otto von Bismarck in Germany in the nineteenth century. It involves dealing with realities rather than ideals.

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