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: 4/28/2002
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 628
  • Sales rank: 926,658
  • 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

Acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Ancient thought (500 BCE–312 CE): Thucydides, from History of the Peloponnesian War; Aristotle, from The Politics; Cicero, from On Duties; Marcus Aurelius, from Meditations; Plato, from The Epistles; 3. Late antiquity and the early Middle Ages (312–1000): Anonymous, from The Teaching of the Lord to the Gentiles through the Twelve Apostles or The Didache; Eusebius, from Tricennial Orations; Augustine, from The City of God Against the Pagans; Constantine Porphyrogenitus, from De Administrando Imperio; Al-Farabi, from The Political Regime; Avicenna, from The Healing; Moses Maimonides, from Logic; 4. International relations in Christendom: John of Paris, from On Royal and Papal Power; Dante Alighieri, from Monarchy; Martin Luther, from On Secular Authority; Thomas Aquinas, from Summa Theologiae; Desiderius Erasmus, from 'Dulce Bellum Inexpertis'; Francisco de Vitoria, from 'On the American Indians'; 5. The modern European state and system of states: Niccolò Machiavelli, from The Prince and The Discourses; Jean Bodin, from Six Books of the Commonwealth; François de Callières, from On the Manner of Negotiating with Princes; Cornelius van Bynkershoek, from On Questions of Public Law; Alexander Hamilton, from Letters of Pacificus; Edmund Burke, from Letters on a Regicide Peace; François de Salignac de la Mothe Fénelon, from 'On the Necessity of Forming Alliances'; Friedrich von Gentz, from 'The True Concept of a Balance of Power'; 6. The emergence of International Law: Hugo Grotius, from The Law of War and Peace; Thomas Hobbes, from Leviathan; Samuel Pufendorf, from On the Duties of Man and Citizen; Samuel Rachel, from 'On the Law of Nations'; Christian von Wolff, from The Law of Nations Treated According to a Scientific Method; Emmerich de Vattel, from The Law of Nations or Principles of Natural Law; 7. The Enlightenment: the Abbé de Saint-Pierre, from A Project for Settling an Everlasting Peace in Europe; Montesquieu, from The Spirit of the Laws; David Hume, from Of the Balance of Power; Adam Smith, from The Wealth of Nations; Jean-Jacques Rousseau, from The State of War and Abstract and Judgement of Saint-Pierre's Project for Perceptual Peace; Immanuel Kant, from Essay on Theory and Practice, Perpetual Peace and The Metaphysical Elements of Right; 8. State and nation in nineteenth-century international political theory: G. W. F. Hegel, from Elements of the Philosophy of Right; G. Mazzini, from On the Duties of Man; John Stuart Mill, from 'A Few Words on Non-intervention'; H. von Treitschke, from Politics; B. Bosanquet, from 'Patriotism in the Perfect State'; 9. International relations and industrial society: Adam Smith, from The Wealth of Nations; David Ricardo, from 'On the Principles of Political Economy and Taxation'; Richard Cobden, from The Political Writings of Richard Cobden; Friedrich List, from The National System of Political Economy; Rudolf Hilferding, from Finance Capital; Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, from 'The Communist Manifesto'; Joseph Schumpeter, from 'The Sociology of Imperialisms'; List of references; Index.

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