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A History of International Relations Theory - Torbjorn L. Knutsen

A History of International Relations Theory

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Published: 6th March 1997
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Torbjorn L. Knutsen introduces ideas on international relations expressed by thinkers from the High Middle Ages to the present day and traces the development of four ever-present themes: war, peace, wealth and power. The book counters the view that international relations has no theoretical tradition and shows that scholars, soldiers and statesmen have been speculating about the subject for the last 700 years. Beginning with the roots of the state and the concept of sovereignty in the Middle Ages, the author draws upon the insights of outstanding political thinkers - from Machiavelli and Hobbes to Hegel, Rousseau, and Marx and contemporary thinkers such as Woodrow Wilson, Lenin, Morgenthau and Walt - who profoundly influenced the emergence of a discrete discipline of International Relations in the twentieth century. Fully revised and updated, the final section embraces more recent approaches to the study of international relations, most notably postmodernism and ecologism.

Maps figures and tables
Acknowledgements
Introduction: Why a history of International Relations theory
Gods, sinners and the origins of IR theory
The roots of the modern
Guns, ships and printing presses
Absolutist politics
Enlightenment politics
Ideological politics
Intermezzo: becoming contemporary
Interwar politics
Cold War politics
Rembrances of things past - and future
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780719049309
ISBN-10: 071904930X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 368
Published: 6th March 1997
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.6  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.56
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised