International Political Thought A Historical Introduction

ISBN-10: 0745623050
ISBN-13: 9780745623054
Edition: 2004
Authors: Edward Keene
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Book details

Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Polity Press
Publication date: 1/14/2005
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.924
Language: English

This volume offers an accessible and wide-ranging introduction to the history of international political thought.Taking as its starting-point the various concepts people have used to think about differences between political communities, the book explores changing perceptions of international politics from antiquity to the twentieth century. As well as discussing well-known themes such as relations between independent sovereign states and the tension between raison d'tat and a universal code of natural law, it also examines less familiar ideas which have influenced the development of international political thought such as the distinction between civilization, national culture and barbarism, religious attitudes towards infidels, and theories about racial difference and imperialism. Among the key thinkers covered are Thucydides, Machiavelli, Hobbes, Kant, Marx and Morgenthau, alongside less commonly studied figures such as Herodotus, Pope Innocent IV, Herder, Constant and Zimmern. Each chapter concludes with a guide to further reading which will help students to develop a more detailed understanding of the subject.Written with the beginner student in mind, this lively textbook is an ideal introduction for anyone studying international political thought.

Table of Contents
Preface
Introduction The Study of International Political Thought
Barbarians, Custom and Nature
World-City, Empire and Natural Law
Christendom and the House of Islam
Reason of State, Natural Law and State of Nature
Human Nature, Civilization and Culture
The Liberal Idea of Civilization and Its Critics
Conclusion International System and International Society
Bibliography

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