Empires, Systems and States: Great Transformations in International Politics

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Michael Cox, Tim Dunne, Ken Booth
Cambridge University Press, 2001 - Political Science - 298 pages
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This volume brings together a collection of leading scholars to consider various dimensions of the 'turn' to history in International Relations. The scope of this volume is broad. It includes conventional accounts of the development of the European states system, but is not limited by it. Other essays consider the non-European experience; a number of path-breaking essays on how other cultures and continents have ordered their political communities, in particular, the question how and why a states system triumphed over other forms of political organisation. The theme of the subtitle - great transformations - is pursued by each author. The essays consider one of the biggest questions of our time, namely, how did we arrive at this historical and institutional expression of political community? And what alternative future world orders exist? The volume will be of interest to scholars of International Relations and History interested in great transformations in world politics.
 

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Contents

Rethinking the sovereign state model
17
System empire and state in Chinese international relations
43
The rise of the state system in Africa
65
excellence and the pursuit of power and peace in ancient Greece
91
society and politics in ancien regime Europe
119
parity or primacy
147
reinterpreting the concert system
165
American power and the empire of capitalist democracy
191
a test of neorealism
213
the great transformation after the Cold War?
237
Capitalism and world disorder
257
Variation change and transitions in international politics
281
Index
297
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Michael Cox was born on August 30 1948 in Northamptonshire, England. In 1989 he started work at the Oxford University Press. In 1983, Cox published his first book, a biography M. R. James, a Victorian ghost story writer. Between 1983 and 1997 he compiled and edited several anthologies of Victorian short stories for Oxford University Press. His first novel, The Meaning of Night, was published in 2006. Michael Cox died of cancer on March 31, 2009.

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