Empires, Systems and States: Great Transformations in International Politics / Edition 1

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A group of leading academics considers how the European states system developed as the historical and institutional expression of political community. The scope of this volume is broad, including conventional accounts of the development of the European states system as well as the non-European experience. In particular, it inquires as to how and why a states system triumphed over other forms of political organization.

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'… whatever perspective one brings to [these essays] one is unlikely to be disappointed, such is the overall quality of the papers collected here.' International Affairs

'Readers, or prospective readers, should not … be put off by the publishing date or labour under a misapprehension that everything changed on 11 September 2001 and, therefore, everything written before that is outdated or not applicable. One of the greatest strengths of this collection of essays is the historical perspective the authors bring to our understanding of 'great transformations.' The Journal of European Affairs

Challenging neorealist assumptions of gradual transformation from anarchy to hierarchy, Cox, Dunne, and Booth (all of the Department of International Politics, U. of Wales at Aberystwyth, UK) present a new volume of the series that focuses on major transformations in international relations. Thirteen contributions, from a variety of theoretical viewpoints, attempt to revise international relations theory by looking an Chinese international relations, the rise of the state system in Africa, the pursuit of power in Ancient Greece, society and politics in gime/> Europe, the rise of American capitalist empire, and the collapse of the Russian-Soviet empire. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521016865
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 1/2/2003
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 310
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Richard Little; Introduction Michael Cox, Tim Dunne and Ken Booth; 1. Rethinking the sovereign state model Stephen D. Krasner; 2. System, empire and state in Chinese international relations Yongjin Zhang; 3. The rise of the state system in Africa Carolyn M. Warner; 4. Between anarchy and tyranny: excellence and the pursuit of power and peace in ancient Greece Nany Kokaz; 5. Before sovereignty: society and politics in ancien régime Europe Andreas Osiander; 6. The eighteenth century international system: parity or primacy James R. Sofka; 7. The long nineteenth century in Europe: reinterpreting the concert system Hudson Meadwell; 8. American power and the empire of capitalist democracy G. John Ikenberry; 9. The Russian-Soviet empire: a test of neorealism William Wohlforth; 10. Another 'double movement': the great transformation after the Cold War Ian Clark; 11 Capitalism and world (dis)order Giovanni Arrighi and Beverley J. Silver; 12. Variation and change and transitions in international politics Robert Jervis.

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