Social Construction of International Politics: Identities and Foreign Policies, Moscow, 1955 and 1999 / Edition 1

Social Construction of International Politics: Identities and Foreign Policies, Moscow, 1955 and 1999 / Edition 1

by Ted Hopf
     
 

ISBN-10: 0801487919

ISBN-13: 9780801487910

Pub. Date: 08/28/2002

Publisher: Cornell University Press

In this deeply researched book Ted Hopf challenges contemporary theorizing about international relations. He advances what he believes is a commonsensical notion: a state's domestic identity has an enormous effect on its international policies. Hopf argues that foreign policy elites are inextricably bound to their own societies; in order to understand other states…  See more details below

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In this deeply researched book Ted Hopf challenges contemporary theorizing about international relations. He advances what he believes is a commonsensical notion: a state's domestic identity has an enormous effect on its international policies. Hopf argues that foreign policy elites are inextricably bound to their own societies; in order to understand other states, they must first understand themselves. To comprehend Russian and Soviet foreign policy, "it is just as important to read what is being consumed on the Moscow subway as it is to conduct research in the Foreign Ministry archives," the author says.Hopf recreates the major currents in Russian/Soviet identity, reconstructing the "identity topographies" of two profoundly important years, 1955 and 1999. To provide insights about how Russians made sense of themselves in the post-Stalinist and late Yeltsin periods, he not only uses daily newspapers and official discourse, but also delves into works intended for mass consumption—popular novels, film reviews, ethnographic journals, high school textbooks, and memoirs. He explains how the different identities expressed in these varied materials shaped the worldviews of Soviet and Russian decisionmakers. Hopf finds that continuous renegotiations and clashes among competing domestic visions of national identity had a profound effect on Soviet and Russian foreign policy. Broadly speaking, Hopf shows that all international politics begins at home.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801487910
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
Publication date:
08/28/2002
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
1Constructivism at Home: Theory and Method1
2The Russian Nation, New Soviet Man, Class, and Modernity: Identity Relations in 195539
3Identities as Social Structures: Enabling and Constraining Soviet Alliance Choices in 195583
4Historical, Internal, and External Others: Russian Identity in 1999153
5The Unipolar World: Recentering a Peripheral Russia in 1999211
6Identity, Foreign Policy, and IR Theory259
Index297

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