Beyond the Anarchical Society: Grotius, Colonialism and Order in World Politics

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Overview

It is commonly argued that the international system is currently in a state of upheaval, as state sovereignty is challenged by a variety of forces. Keene's book questions this assumption, arguing that sovereignty has never existed globally in any case, and suggesting that it has applied only to Western states. International relations elsewhere have been characterized by the norms of colonialism, rather than international law. The book examines the conduct of the British and Dutch empires, and how the traditions of colonialism have been challenged in the modern world.

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"Edward Keene's succinct and cogently argued book merits the attention of intellectual historians, legal scholars, and International Relations theorists." Itinerario

"This is a learned and well-researched book, eloquently presented and persuasive in its tracing of Grotian principles and the various modes of hierarchy employed by the colonial powers. ...well worth the read." The International History Review

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In this monograph, Keene (politics, Balliol College, Oxford) argues that the popular concept of an "anarchical society" of equal and independent sovereign states provides an incomplete description of order in modern world politics. Referencing the work of Hedley Bull, Keene examines the pattern of order that developed in the European states- system through relations between European rulers and nations. He also considers the other pattern of order that developed simultaneously in the colonial and imperial systems that were established beyond Europe. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

EDWARD KEENE is Tutor in Politics at Balliol College, Oxford.

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Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. The orthodox theory of order in world politics; 2. The Grotian theory of the law of nations; 3. Colonialism, imperialism and extra-European international politics; 4. Two patterns of modern international order: toleration and civilisation; 5. Order in contemporary world politics, global but divided; Conclusion.

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