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Author Knutsen, Torbjørn L.

Title A history of international relations theory / Torbjørn L. Knutsen
Edition Second edition
Published Manchester ; New York : Manchester University Press ; New York : Distributed exclusively in the USA by St. Martin's Press, 1997


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Description xi, 354 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
Contents Machine derived contents note: Maps figures and tables -- Acknowledgements -- Introduction: Why a history of International Relations theory -- 1. Gods, sinners and the origins of IR theory -- 2. The roots of the modern -- 3.Guns, ships and printing presses -- 4. Absolutist politics -- 5. Enlightenment politics -- 6. Ideological politics -- 7. Intermezzo: becoming contemporary -- 8. Interwar politics -- 9. Cold War politics -- 10. Rembrances of things past - and future -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "Torbjorn L. Knutsen introduces ideas on international relations expressed by thinkers from the High Middle Ages to the present day, and traces the developments of four ever-present themes: war, wealth, peace and power. The book counters the assumption that international relations has no theoretical tradition and shows that scholars, soldiers and statesmen have been speculating about the subject for the last 700 years." "Beginning with the roots of the state and the concept of sovereignty in the Middle Ages, the author draws upon the insights of outstanding political thinkers. Clearly and succinctly the theories of Aquinas, Machiavelli, Hegel, Rousseau, Bentham, Marx and Lenin amongst others are discussed and analysed. The ideas of these thinkers are placed in context with the societies and intellectual ideas that produced them. The text is fully revised and updated to include the place of international relations after the Cold War and new ways of thinking opened up by developments in information technology."--BOOK JACKET
Analysis History
International relations
Overseas item
Notes Includes index
Previous ed.: c1992
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 310-330) and index
Subject International relations -- History.
International relations -- Philosophy.
LC no. 96033348
ISBN 0719049296 (hardback)
071904930X (paperback)