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History and International Relations: From the Ancient World to the 21st Century

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This updated and enhanced second edition of History and International Relations charts the foundations, development and use of International Relations from a historian's perspective. Exploring its engagement with the history of war, peace and foreign relations this volume provides an account of international relations from both western and non-western perspectives, its historical evolution and its contemporary practice. Examining the origin of dominant IR theories, exploring key moments in the history of war and peace that shaped the discipline, and analysing the Eurocentric nature of current theory and practice, Malchow provides a full account of the relationship between history and IR from the ancient world to modern times.

To bring it up to the present day and provide new ways for students to grasp the history of IR, this new edition includes:

-An updated final chapter reflecting on the practice of IR in a post 9/11 world

-New scholarship and sources in IR practice and theory published since 2015

-A time line charting the evolution of International Relations as a discipline

-A new glossary of terms

-Expanded section on IR theory and practice in the ancient world and early Christian era

-Greater incorporation of IR practice and theory in non-western ancient, medieval and modern worlds

History and International Relations is essential reading for anyone looking to understand international relations, diplomacy and times of war and peace in a historical context.

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Malchow Howard LeRoy
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Howard LeRoy Malchow is Walter S. Dickson Professor of English and American History, Tufts University, USA.

Introduction: History and the Discipline(s) of International Relations

I. The History of a Discipline: Origins, Theory, and Tools

1. From the First World War to the Early Cold War

2. After Morgenthau: Scientific Realism and Its Critics

3. IR, the Other Social Sciences, and the State

II. IR and International History

4. The Ancient World: Thucydides and the Search for Origins

5. Toward the Machiavellian Moment: IR's Middle Ages

6. The Sovereign State and the “Westphalian System” in Early- Modern Europe

7. Nation, State, and Empire in the Long Nineteenth Century

8. The Failure of the New (and Old) Diplomacy and the End of European Hegemony

9. Cold War and Post-Cold War

III. Contemporary IR and the Uses of History

10. Civilizations, the Myth of Sovereignty, and the Democratic Peace: The End of IR (As We Know It)?

Afterword: tbc

History of International Relations: A timeline

Glossary of terms



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