The Social Evolution of International Politics by Shiping TangThe Social Evolution of International Politics by Shiping Tang

The Social Evolution of International Politics

byShiping Tang

Paperback | December 12, 2015

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Winnner of the International Studies Association Annual Best Book Award. Deploying an original "Social Evolution Paradigm" (SEP) and drawing from anthropology, evolutionary biology, and international relations, this book advances a sweeping account of the systemic transformation of international politics. More specifically, the book shows how the nasty and brutishHobbesian/offensive realism world many of us take for granted had evolved from an Eden-like paradise; how the Hobbesian world had self-transformed into a more peaceful defensive realist world from 1648 to 1945; and how some regions of the post-1945 world have become more rule-based and peaceful. Thebook critically engages with all the key grand theories of international politics and provides interesting solutions to some of the "great debates" between those theories, from offensive realism to defensive realism, neoliberalism, the English School, and constructivism. This book is essentialreading for scholars and students of international politics and of interest to those working in anthropology, sociology, political science, and social sciences in general.
Shiping Tang has very broad research interests and has published widely. He is the author of A Theory of Security Strategy for Our Time: Defensive Realism (Palgrave-Macmillan 2010) and A General Theory of Institutional Change (Routledge, 2011). He is also the co-editor of Living with China: Regional States and China through Crises and ...
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Title:The Social Evolution of International PoliticsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pagesPublished:December 12, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198753586

ISBN - 13:9780198753582

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Table of Contents

PrefaceList of FiguresList of TablesPart I: Preparing the GroundIntroduction: Why an Evolutionary Approach toward IR?1. From Biological Evolution to Social EvolutionPart II: The Systemic Transformation of International Politics2. Paradise Lost and Paradigm Gained: The Making of the Offensive Chapter From the Offensive Realism World to a Defensive Realism World3. From the Offensive Realism World to a Defensive Realism WorldPart III. Implications and Conclusion4. A More Rule-based International System Unfolding5. International System as an Evolutionary SystemConclusionAppendix I. Evidences from Ethnographic AnthropologyAppendix II. Supplementary Tables for Chapter 2Appendix III. The Coming of Warfare in Secondary SubsystemsName IndexSubject Index

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"Shiping Tang has produced a non-determinist and non-reductionist approach to social evolution that is distinct from and critical of evolutionary psychology. His version of a beneficial mutation is a good idea, which may triumph depending on context and the power of its supporters. Hisapproach is the kind of good idea that with the right friends may encourage the evolution of international relations." --Richard Ned Lebow, Professor of International Political Theory, Department of War Studies, King's College London, and James O. Freedman Presidential Professor, Emeritus, Dartmouth College 29/05/13