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Beyond the Anarchical Society Grotius, Colonialism and Order in World Politics

ISBN-10: 0521008018
ISBN-13: 9780521008013
Edition: 2002
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Description: Edward Keene argues that the conventional idea of an 'anarchical society' of equal and independent sovereign states is an inadequate description of order in modern world politics. International political and legal order has always been dedicated to  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/11/2002
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 180
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.00" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Edward Keene argues that the conventional idea of an 'anarchical society' of equal and independent sovereign states is an inadequate description of order in modern world politics. International political and legal order has always been dedicated to two distinct goals: to try to promote the toleration of different ways of life, while advocating the adoption of one specific way, that it labels 'civilization'. The nineteenth-century solution to this contradiction was to restrict the promotion of civilization to the world beyond Europe. That discriminatory way of thinking has now broken down, with the result that a single, global order is supposed to apply to everyone, but opinion is still very much divided as to what the ultimate purpose of this global order should be, and how its political and legal structure should be organised.

Dominic Lieven, a former Kennedy scholar at Harvard University, is professor of Russian government at the London School of Economics.

Introduction
The orthodox theory of order in world politics
The Grotian theory of the law of nations
Colonialism, imperialism and extra-European international politics
Two patterns of modern international order: toleration and civilisation
Order in contemporary world politics, global but divided
Conclusion

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