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The Making of Global International Relations
Origins and Evolution of IR at its Centenary

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  • Date Published: February 2019
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  • isbn: 9781108571968

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  • This book presents a challenge to the discipline of international relations (IR) to rethink itself, in the light of both its own modern origins, and the two centuries of world history that have shaped it. By tracking the development of thinking about IR, and the practice of world politics, this book shows how they relate to each other across five time periods from nineteenth-century colonialism, through two world wars, the Cold War and decolonization, to twenty-first-century globalization. It gives equal weight to both the neglected voices and histories of the Global South, and the traditionally dominant perspectives of the West, showing how they have moved from nearly complete separation to the beginnings of significant integration. The authors argue that IR needs to continue this globalizing movement if it is to cope with the rapidly emerging post-Western world order, with its more diffuse distribution of wealth, power and cultural authority.

    • The first book to give a comprehensive overview of the development of IR thinking outside the West over the past two centuries
    • Combines and integrates the stories of world politics, and the discipline of international relations, over the past two centuries
    • Highlights the view of world politics from the periphery as well as from the core, and shows how they relate to each other
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    'A most comprehensive retelling of the IR discipline, a critical review of the disciplinary development, and a ground-breaking forerunner for a genuine global IR project. Acharya and Buzan present not only an inspiring textbook at IR's centenary, but also a must-read for all interested in a more inclusive and forward-looking study of world politics and global international society.' Yaqing Qin, China Foreign Affairs University

    'Acharya and Buzan issue a clarion call for a truly self-reflective and reflexive discipline, based on a rare, balanced account of international relations. An important and urgent read for all IR scholars who wish to study and explain the real world, at a time when international society is becoming at once more global and less easily generalisable.' Evelyn Goh, Shedden Professor of Strategic Policy Studies, Australian National University

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2019
    • format: Adobe eBook Reader
    • isbn: 9781108571968
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: This ISBN is for an eBook version which is distributed on our behalf by a third party.
  • Table of Contents

    1. The world up to 1919: the making of modern international relations
    2. IR up to 1919: laying the foundations
    3. The world 1919–45: still version 1.0 GIS
    4. IR 1919–45: the first founding of the discipline
    5. The world after 1945: the era of the Cold War and decolonization
    6. IR 1945–89: the second founding of the discipline
    7. The world after 1989: 'unipolarity', globalization and the rise of the rest
    8. IR after 1989
    9. The post-Western world order: deep pluralism
    10. Towards global IR.

  • Authors

    Amitav Acharya, American University, Washington DC
    Amitav Acharya is Distinguished Professor at the School of International Service, American University, Washington DC. His recent books include Constructing Global Order (Cambridge, 2018) and The End of American World Order (2014). His previous book with Barry Buzan is Non-Western International Relations Theory: Perspectives on and Beyond Asia (2010). He is the recipient of the 2015 Distinguished Scholar Award from ISA's Global South Caucus and the 2018 International Organization Section award.

    Barry Buzan, London School of Economics and Political Science
    Barry Buzan is Emeritus Professor in the London School of Economics and Political Science Department of International Relations, Honorary Professor at Copenhagen, Jilin, and China Foreign Affairs Universities, and a Fellow of the British Academy. His recent books include Global International Society, with Laust Schouenborg (Cambridge, 2018), and The Global Transformation, with George Lawson, (Cambridge, 2015) which won the 2017 Francesco Guicciardini Prize for Best Book in Historical International Relations.

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