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Militarism and International Relations

Political Economy, Security, Theory, 1st Edition

Edited by Anna Stavrianakis, Jan Selby


232 pages

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This book examines contemporary militarism in international politics, employing a variety of different theoretical viewpoints and international case studies.

Militarism – understood as the social and international relations of the preparation for, and conduct of, organized political violence – is an abiding and defining characteristic of world politics. Yet despite the ongoing social, political and economic reach of military institutions, practices and values, the concept and subject of militarism has not received significant attention within recent debates in International Relations.

This book intends to fill the gap in the current body of literature. It has two key overarching aims: to make the case for a renewed research agenda for IR centred on the concept of militarism; and to provide a series of empirically focused and theoretically informed case studies of contemporary militarism in practice. Containing a wide-ranging selection of chapters, the volume presents a diverse and eclectic body of research on militarism, designed to act as a stimulus to further research and debate.

This book will be of much interest to students of military studies, war and conflict studies, international political economy and IR/security studies in general.


"An engaging narrative is maintained throughout this edited collection of articles that address the issue of militarism in International Relations. The book seamlessly integrates historical and contemporary perspectives on militarism, with theory and relevant international case studies, resulting in a very informative read… Overall, this book would prove very beneficial to students of International Relations, as well as those interested more specifically in militarism, strategic studies, and security." - Jack Newnham and Peter Bell, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

"Overall, Militarism and International Relations is an informative, well written, carefully selected collection of essays." - Dr. Anne de Jong is assistant professor Conflict Studies at the University of Amsterdam

Table of Contents

Part I: Theorising Militarism 1. Militarism and International Relations in the 21st Century, Anna Stavrianakis and Jan Selby 2. Twenty-First Century Militarism: A Historical-Sociological Framework, Martin Shaw 3. Challenging Cartographies of Enmity: Empire, War and Culture in Contemporary Militarisation, Simon Dalby 4. Militarism, 'New Wars' and the Political Economy of Development: A Gramscian Critique, Nicola Short 5. War Becomes Academic: Human Terrain, Virtuous War and Contemporary Militarism. An Interview with James Der Derian, Anna Stavrianakis and Jan Selby Part II: Militarism and Security 6. From Oslo to Gaza: Israel's 'Enlightened Public' and the Remilitarization of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Yoav Peled 7. From Political Armies to the ‘War Against Crime’: The Transformation of Militarism in Latin America, Dirk Kruijt and Kees Koonings 8. The Global Arms Trade and the Diffusion of Militarism, David Kinsella 9. Wilsonians Under Arm, Andrew J. Bacevich Part III: The Political Economy of Militarism 10. The Political Economy of EU Space Policy Militarization: The case of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security, Iraklis Oikonomou 11. Producing Men, the Nation and Commodities: The Cultural Political–Economy of Militarism in Egypt, Ramy M.K. Aly 12. The Chinese Military: Its Political and Economic Function, Kerry Brown and Claudia Zanardi

About the Editors

Anna Stavrianakis is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, and author of Taking Aim at the Arms Trade: NGOs, Global Civil Society and the World Military Order (2010).

Jan Selby is Senior Lecturer in International Relations at the University of Sussex, and author of Water, Power and Politics in the Middle East: The Other Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (2003), and co-editor, with Feargal Cochrane and Rosaleen Duffy, of Global Governance, Conflict and Resistance (2003).

About the Series

Cass Military Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Military / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / International Relations / General
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / International Security