Revolution and World Order: The Revolutionary State in International Society

Hardcover | April 30, 1999

byDavid Armstrong

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In this important study David Armstrong examines the impact of revolutionary states on the international system. These states have always posed major problems for the achievement of world order: revolution is often accompanied by international as well as civil conflict, while revolutionarydoctrines have proven to be highly disruptive of the existing structure of international politics. Dr Armstrong asks whether revolutionary states are `socialized' into adopting acceptable patterns of international behaviour or whether it is international society that is forced to change when these new states appear. He looks in detail at the French, American, and Russian revolutions and at several post-1945 revolutionary states; he also examines the relationship between revolutionary states and the principal ordering devices of international society: international law, diplomacy, and the balance of power. Hisbook is a major contribution to international relations and an important development and application of the `international society' concept.

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In this important study David Armstrong examines the impact of revolutionary states on the international system. These states have always posed major problems for the achievement of world order: revolution is often accompanied by international as well as civil conflict, while revolutionarydoctrines have proven to be highly disruptive o...

David Armstrong is a Senior Lecturer in International Studies at Birmingham University.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:338 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.98 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0198275285

ISBN - 13:9780198275282

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`The material in this book should be of great interest to students of international politics who want to know more about the possible effects of global social norms on state behaviour.'International History Review