International Relations in Political Thought: Texts from the Ancient Greeks to the First World War / Edition 1

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This unique collection presents texts in international relations that range from Ancient Greece to the First World War. It is the largest anthology currently available and includes extracts from works by fifty thinkers, including Thucydides, Augustine, Aquinas, Machiavelli, and John Stuart Mill. The texts are organized into broadly chronological sections, each headed by an introduction placing the work in its historical and philosophical context. Ideal for students and scholars, the volume also includes biographies and guides to further reading.
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The writings of international theorists from Thucydides to Schumpeter are represented by extracts from their major works. Representing 50 writers in all, the texts are organized in chronological order. Those included are what one would expect from a standard history of Western political thought, such as Aristotle, Marcus Aurelius, St. Augustine, Maimonides, Thomas Aquinas, Machiavelli, Alexander Hamilton, Edmund Burke, Hugo Grotius, Montesquieu, Rosseau, Hegel, John Stuart Mill, Adam Smith, David Ricardo, and Karl Marx. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521575706
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 305,386
  • Product dimensions: 6.85 (w) x 9.72 (h) x 1.57 (d)

Meet the Author

CHRIS BROWN is Professor of International Relations at the London School of Economics. His publications include International Relations Theory: New Normative Approaches (1992), Understanding International Relations (1997), An Introduction to International Political Theory (forthcoming). He also edited Political Restructuring in Europe: Ethical Perspectives (1994).

TERRY NARDIN is Professor of Political Science at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. He is the author of Law, Morality, and the Relations of States (1983) and The Philosophy of Michael Oakeshott (2001), and editor of Traditions of International Ethics (1992), The Ethics of War and Peace (1996), and International Society (1998).

NICHOLAS RENGGER is Professor of Political Theory and International Relations at St. Andrews University. His publications include International Relations, Political Theory and the Problem of Order (1999), Retreat from the Modern? (1996), Political Theory, Modernity and Postmodernity: Beyond Enlightenment and Critique (1995). He has edited Treaties and Alliances of the World 6th edn (1995), Dilemmas of World Politics: International Issues in a Changing World (with John Baylis, 1992).

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Table of Contents

1 Introduction 1
2 Ancient thought (500 B.C.E.-312 C.E.) 17
From History of the Peloponnesian War 34
From The Politics 61
From On Duties 83
From Meditations 86
From The Epistles 90
3 Late antiquity and the early middle ages (312-1000) 95
From The Teaching of the Lord to Gentiles through the Twelve Apostles or The Didache 111
From Tricennial Orations 115
From The City of God against the Pagans 119
From De Administrando Imperio 136
From The Political Regime 148
From The Healing 170
From Logic 174
4 International relations in Christendom 177
From On Royal and Papal Power 191
From Monarchy 198
From On Secular Authority 204
From Summa Theologiae 213
From "Dulce Bellum Inexpertis" 221
From "On the American Indians" 231
5 The modern European state and system of states 243
From The Prince 257
From The Discourses 262
From Six Books of the Commonwealth 270
From On the Manner of Negotiating with Princes 276
From On Questions of Public Law 281
From Letters of Pacificus 286
From Letters on a Regicide Peace 292
From "On the Necessity of Forming Alliances" 301
"The True Concept of a Balance of Power" 307
6 The emergence of international law 311
From The Law of War and Peace 325
From Leviathan 335
From On the Duties of Man and Citizen 341
From "On the Law of Nations" 349
From The Law of Nations Treated According to a Scientific Method 356
From The Law of nations or Principles of Natural Law 370
7 The Enlightenment 379
From A Project for Setting an Everlasting Peace in Europe 394
From The Spirit of the Laws 399
From Of the Balance of Power 407
From The Wealth of Nations 410
From The State of War 416
From Abstract and Judgement of Saint-Pierre's Project for Perpetual Peace 425
From Essay on Theory and Practice 428
From Perpetual Peace 432
From The Metaphysical Elements of Rights 450
8 State and nation in nineteenth-century international political theory 457
From Elements of the Philosophy of Right 470
From On the Duties of Man 476
From "A Few Words on Non-Intervention" 486
From Politics 494
From "Patriotism in the Perfect State" 506
9 International relations and industrial society 519
From The Wealth of Nations 532
From "On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation" 535
From The Political Writings of Richard Cobden 538
From The National System of Political Economy 550
From Finance Capital 561
From "The Communist Manifesto" 572
From "The Sociology of Imperialisms" 575
List of references 585
Index 596
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