Africa and the Expansion of International Society: Surrendering the Savannah

Africa and the Expansion of International Society: Surrendering the Savannah

by John Anthony Pella, Jr
     
 

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It can be argued that the nature of the contemporary international relations is largely the product of the expansion of a core group of European states’ political institutions from the late 19th century. This book offers a critique and reappraisal, presenting a series of case studies which trace how the expansion process evolved over the course of modern West

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It can be argued that the nature of the contemporary international relations is largely the product of the expansion of a core group of European states’ political institutions from the late 19th century. This book offers a critique and reappraisal, presenting a series of case studies which trace how the expansion process evolved over the course of modern West-Central African and Western European history.

Framed around the issue of Euro-centrism, the author brings together contemporary world history, historical sociology, and English school scholarship to take the study further back in history and place African international relations at the centre of inquiry. Pella shifts the analysis towards how the expansion was a process mutually constituted by extensive interaction between Africans and Europeans between with case studies from 1300-1900 including an African international system; the trans-Atlantic slave trade; European abolitionist and missionary activity; and the colonization of Africa.

This book will be of interest to students and scholars of the international relations, international relations theory, history, African politics, the English school and constructivism.

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This book not only throws light on important developments in world history, but it also makes a significant contribution to the theoretical understanding of international relations. As such, it represents an important contribution to the IR literature. In contrast to the euro-centric approach of the classical English School, John Anthony Pella, Jr. provides a fascinating account of the evolution of international society in West-Central Africa. A 'must' read for all those interested in English School theory and particularly those focusing on the evolution of international society, as well as the study of the society of states at the regional level. Yannis A. Stivachtis, Department of Poltical Science, Virginia Tech. Chair, English School Section, ISA.

Africa is all too often treated merely as a victim — of European colonialism, or of its own conflicts, epidemics, famines and corruption. What John Pella shows in this book is that African societies are agents — agents who created their own international system and who actively have continued to interact with the rest of the world. This is to take Africa seriously. This is also far more sophisticated scholarship. Erik Ringmar, professor of political science, Lund University, Sweden.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415662000
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
09/02/2014
Series:
New International Relations Series
Pages:
204
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.70(d)

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