Classical Theory in International Relations

ISBN-10: 0521686024
ISBN-13: 9780521686020
Edition: 2006
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Description: Classical political theorists such as Thucydides, Kant, Rousseau, Smith, Hegel, Grotius, Mill, Locke and Clausewitz are often employed to explain and justify contemporary international politics and are seen to constitute the different schools of  More...

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Book details

List price: $51.00
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 11/9/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 334
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.188
Language: English

Classical political theorists such as Thucydides, Kant, Rousseau, Smith, Hegel, Grotius, Mill, Locke and Clausewitz are often employed to explain and justify contemporary international politics and are seen to constitute the different schools of thought in the discipline. However, traditional interpretations frequently ignore the intellectual and historical context in which these thinkers were writing as well as the lineages through which they came to be appropriated in International Relations. This collection of essays provides alternative interpretations sensitive to these political and intellectual contexts and to the trajectory of their appropriation. The political, sociological, anthropological, legal, economic, philosophical and normative dimensions are shown to be constitutive, not just of classical theories, but of international thought and practice in the contemporary world. Moreover, they challenge traditional accounts of timeless debates and schools of thought and provide new conceptions of core issues such as sovereignty, morality, law, property, imperialism and agency.

Beate Jahn is a Senior Lecturer in International Relations in the Department of International Relations at the University of Sussex. She is the author of The Cultural Construction of International Relations (2000) and Politik und Moral (1993).

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Acknowledgements
Classical theory and international relations in context
Intellectual contexts
Pericles, realism and the normative conditions of deliberate action
Immanuel Kant and the democratic peace
'One powerful and enlightened nation': Kant and the quest for a global rule of law
Rousseau and Saint-Pierre's peace project: a critique of 'history of international relations theory'
Political contexts
The Savage Smith and the temporal walls of capitalism
Property and propriety in international relations: the case of John Locke
Classical smoke, classical mirror: Kant and Mill in liberal international relations theory
Lineages
The 'other' in classical political theory: re-contextualizing the cosmopolitan/communitarian debate
Images of Grotius
The Hobbesian theory of international relations: three traditions
Re-appropriating Clausewitz: the neglected dimensions of counter-strategic thought
Index

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