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International Systems in World History : Remaking the Study of International Relations, Paperback / softback Book

International Systems in World History : Remaking the Study of International Relations Paperback / softback


This book tells the 60,000 year story of how humankind evolved from a scattering of hunter-gatherer bands to todays highly integrated global international political economy.

It traces the evolution of ever-wider economic, societal and military-political international systems, and the interplay between these systems and the tribes, city states, empires, and modern states into which humans have organised themselves.

Buzan and Little marry a wide range of mainstreamInternational Relations theories to a world historical perspective.

They mount a stinging attack on International Relations as a discipline, arguing that its Eurocentrism, historical narrowness, and theoretical fragmentation have reduced almost to nothing both its cross-disclipinary influence and itsability to think coherently about either the past or the future.

Seeking to emulate and challenge the cross-disciplinary influence of the world systems model, the book recasts the study of International Relations into a macro-historical perspective, shows how its core concepts work across time, and sets out a new theoretical agenda and a new intellectual role for the discipline.


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 472 pages, line illustrations and maps
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
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  • Category: Social & cultural history
  • ISBN: 9780198780656



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