International Systems in World History: Remaking the Study of International Relations

Paperback | April 1, 2000

byBarry Buzan, Richard Little

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This book tells the 60,000 year story of how humankind evolved from a scattering of hunter-gatherer bands to todays highly integrated global international political economy. It traces the evolution of ever-wider economic, societal and military-political international systems, and the interplaybetween these systems and the tribes, city states, empires, and modern states into which humans have organised themselves. Buzan and Little marry a wide range of mainstream International Relations theories to a world historical perspective. They mount a stinging attack on International Relations asa discipline, arguing that its Eurocentrism, historical narrowness, and theoretical fragmentation have reduced almost to nothing both its cross-disclipinary influence and its ability to think coherently about either the past or the future. Seeking to emulate and challenge the cross-disciplinaryinfluence of the world systems model, the book recasts the study of International Relations into a macro-historical perspective, shows how its core concepts work across time, and sets out a new theoretical agenda and a new intellectual role for the discipline.

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This book tells the 60,000 year story of how humankind evolved from a scattering of hunter-gatherer bands to todays highly integrated global international political economy. It traces the evolution of ever-wider economic, societal and military-political international systems, and the interplaybetween these systems and the tribes, city ...

Barry Buzan is Research Professor of International Studies at the University of Westminster and Project Director of the European Security Group at the Copenhagen Peace Research Institute. Prior to this he was Professor of International Relations at the University of Warwick. He has been visiting professor at the International Universi...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:April 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198780656

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Table of Contents

Part I: International Systems, World History, and International Relations TheoryChapter 1 Systems, History, Theory and the Study of International RelationsChapter 2 Competing Conceptions of the International SystemChapter 3 Systemic Thinking in World HistoryChapter 4 The Theoretical Toolkit of this BookChapter 5 Establishing Criteria for International SystemsPart II: Systems in Pre-International World HistoryChapter 6 The Origins of Pre-International SystemsChapter7 The Transition from Pre-International to International SystemsPart III: The Rise and Interlinkage of Multiple International Systems in the Ancient and Classical WorldChapter 8 The New Units: City States, Empires and Barbarians as the Main Actors of the Ancient and Classical WorldChapter 9 Interaction CapacityChapter 10 ProcessChapter 11 StructurePart IV: The Establishment and Evolution of a Global International SystemChapter 12 UnitsChapter 13 Interaction CapacityChapter 14 ProcessChapter 15 StructurePart V: Speculations, Assessments, ReflectionsChapter 17 What World History tells us about International Relations TheoryChapter 18 What International Relations Theory tells us about World HistoryChapter 19 Reflections

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'This is an outstandingly good book, which succeeds on many different levels.The book is exceptionally well structured and well written. There is so much in this book for so many types of scholars of International Relations. I am certain that this book will be seen over time not only as one ofthe most intellectually impressive mergers of theory and history in the field, but also as a massive advance on US-style neo-realism. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book, not least because I became fascinated with the argument, and found myself nodding in admiration as the authors pulled off thefeat of bringing all the elements together into a powerful and intellectually impressive discussion of the types of international system found in world history. This is one of the most important books published in the last decade and for intellectual sophistication it leave neo-realism US-stylestanding, but also drowning.' International Affairs 76:4 (2000) 833-4.