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Bridges and Boundaries : Historians, Political Scientists, and the Study of International Relations - Colin Elman

Bridges and Boundaries

Historians, Political Scientists, and the Study of International Relations

By: Colin Elman (Editor), Miriam Fendius Elman (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1st February 2001
ISBN: 9780262550390
Number Of Pages: 446
For Ages: 18+ years old

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"Bridges and Boundaries" offers a conversation between what might loosely be described as traditionalist diplomatic and military historians, and political scientists who employ qualitative case study methods to examine international relations. The book opens with a series of chapters discussing differences, commonalities, and opportunities for cross-fertilization between the two disciplines. To help focus the dialogue on real events and research, the volume then revisits three empirical topics that have been studied at length by members of both disciplines: British hegemony in the nineteenth century; diplomacy in the interwar period and the causes of World War II; and the origins and course of the Cold War. For each of these subjects, a political scientist, a historian, and a commentator reflect on how disciplinary "guild rules" have shaped the study of international events. The book closes with incisive overviews by Robert Jervis and Paul W. Schroeder. "Bridges and Boundaries" explores how historians and political scientists can learn from one another and illustrates the possibilities that arise when open-minded scholars from different disciplines sit down to talk.

"Unlike most attempts to build bridges across the chasms that divideacademic disciplines, Bridges and Boundaries succeedsspectacularly in spanning the gap. The Elmans have collected ahigh-quality group of contributors, leaders in their own disciplinesof history and political science, yet experiencedbridge-crossers. Their penetrating essays, including paired treatmentsof international historical issues by scholars from both fields, areespecially good at identifying what the real boundaries between thedisciplines are, why they exist, and how these complementarydifferences can make intellectual exchange across the boundaries soprofitable. This is simply the best volume on the topic, including theElmans' highly acclaimed special issue of InternationalSecurity, which this collection builds upon and surpasses." Jack Snyder, Chair, Political Science Department, and Robertand Renee Belfer Professor of International Relations, ColumbiaUniversity

Introduction: Negotiating International History and Politicsp. 1
Methodsp. 37
Explaining Events and Developing Theories: History, Political Science, and the Analysis of International Relationsp. 39
Toward a New Diplomatic History: Two and a Half Cheers for International Relations Methodsp. 85
Social Science and History: Ranchers versus Farmers?p. 111
Case Studies and Process Tracing in History and Political Science: Similar Strokes for Different Focip. 137
Casesp. 167
World War II: A Different Warp. 169
The Twenty Years' Crisis, 1919-39: Why a Concert Didn't Arisep. 181
Postscript: September 1939p. 213
Hegemony, Global Reach, and World Power: Great Britain's Long Cyclep. 223
Martian and Venusian Perspectives on International Relations: Britain as System Leader in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuriesp. 253
Postscript: When Did Britain Decline?p. 293
In Defense of Particular Generalization: Rewriting Cold War History, Rethinking International Relations Theoryp. 301
Sources and Methods in Cold War History: The Need for a New Theory-Based Archival Approachp. 327
Postscript: Historical Science and Cold War Scholarshipp. 351
Reflections on the History and Theory of Military Innovation and Diffusionp. 359
Conclusionsp. 383
International History and International Politics: Why Are They Studied Differently?p. 385
International History: Why Historians Do It Differently than Political Scientistsp. 403
Contributorsp. 417
Indexp. 421
About the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairsp. 434
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ISBN: 9780262550390
ISBN-10: 0262550393
Series: Bcsia Studies in International Security
Audience: Professional
For Ages: 18+ years old
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 446
Published: 1st February 2001
Publisher: AMITY PUB CO
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.52 x 15.75  x 2.72
Weight (kg): 0.74