The new edition of this classic history of International Relations has been completely revised and updated throughout and remains a major guide to the intellectual lineage and development of the field.
In International Relations Then and Now the authors examine the historical antecedents and the emergence of theories of the state system during the 18th and 19th centuries culminating in the short-lived League of Nations. They look at the foundation of International Relations as an academic discipline and the competing theories that emerged within it. In an entirely new part to this volume, they also consider contemporary developments within the theories and methodologies of International Relations, including feminism and postcolonialism.
International Relations Then and Now is an indispensable text for students and scholars interested in the history of the development of International Relations.
"This book stands out because of its exceptional historical depth which perfectly shows how international relations are first a human adventure in which political actors, thinkers and societies participate while fluctuating between war, peace, power and social crisis. It is also an impressive and very pedagogic perspective on the literature, and particularly the English language IR theory. It is a tremendous narrative of our international past and present." – Bertrand Badie, Sciences-Po, France
"Combining an overview of the history of the international system with evolving theoretical discourses in the discipline, Groom and Olson, with their new co-author, Barrinha, have produced what will likely be an invaluable teaching source for scholars in International Relations." – Vivienne Jabri, King's College London, UK
"Anybody looking to find an introductory text to either learn about or teach the discipline of International Relations could start with this text. The authors have done an admirable job of surveying and synthesising a vast number of texts on the subject from the seventeenth century on, with some going back to even earlier epochs. They show that the international concerns of governments and thinkers alike have always had common roots and intertwining expression. Such a book could only have been written by longstanding and experienced teachers of the subject, in this case A.J.R. Groom and William Olsen, here ably aided by a young scholar, André Barrinha. It is particularly recommended for early years undergraduates but could also be read by any interested members of the general public. It is written with clarity and style, both traits often lacking in academic IR texts." – Andrew Williams, University of St. Andrews, UK
Part 1: ‘Then’ – The Formative Years
2.The ‘international’ idea and the reordering of Europe
3.Transforming the world: Marx, the peace movement and war
4. The period of the first consensus: a quest for peace
5. The impact of the collapse of the League system
6. The second consensus: the quest for power
Part 2: Towards ‘Now’
7. A pause for reflection
8. Breaking the mould
9. Transnational, global and world society approaches
10. Structural approaches to international relations
11. Old Wine in New Bottles? Structure and Change in International Relations
12. A new world order and the effects of globalisation
13. The Construction of International Reality
14. Beyond the status quo
15. Barricades and Bridges: Putting the ‘I’ into IR