This handbook presents a comprehensive, concise and accessible overview of the field of Historical International Relations (HIR). It summarizes and synthesizes existing contributions to the field while presenting central themes, approaches and methodologies that have driven the development of HIR, providing the reader with a sense of the diversity and research dynamics that are at the heart of this field of study. The wide range of topics covered are grouped under the following headings:
- Traditions: Demonstrates the wide variety of approaches to HIR.
- Thinking International Relations Historically: Different ways of thinking IR historically share some common concerns and areas for further investigation.
- Actors, Processes and Institutions: Explores the processes, actors, practices, and institutions that constitute the core objects of study of many HIR scholars.
- Situating Historical International Relations: Critically reflects about the situatedness of our objects of study.
- Approaches: Examines how HIR scholars conduct and reflect about their research, often in dialogue with a variety of perspectives from cognate disciplines.
Summarizing key contributions and trends while also sketching out challenges for future inquiry, this is an invaluable resource for students, academics and researchers from a range of disciplines, particularly International Relations, global history, political science, history, sociology, anthropology, peace studies, diplomatic studies, security studies, international political thought, political geography, international law.
Table of Contents
1 Introduction: Historical International Relations
Benjamin de Carvalho, Julia Costa Lopez and Halvard Leira
Part I. Traditions
2 Theories and Philosophies of History in International Relations
Joseph MacKay and Christopher David LaRoche
3 The English School and Historical International Relations
Cornelia Navari and Daniel Green
4 World-Systems Analysis: Past Trajectories and Future Prospects
5 Historical Sociology in International Relations: The Challenge of the Global
Julian Go, George Lawson and Benjamin de Carvalho
6 Liberalism between Theory and Practice
7 Realism: Excavating a Historical Tradition
8 Constructivism: History and Systemic Change
Quentin P. Bruneau
9 Poststructuralism and the Challenge of History
Andreas Aagaard Nøhr
10 International Political Thought and Historical International Relations
Or Rosenboim and Lianne Hartnett
Part II. Thinking International Relations Historically
11 Disciplinary Traditions and Debates: The Subject Matters of International Thought
Lucian M. Ashworth
12 War and the Turn to History in International Relations
13 Capitalism and ‘the International’: A Historical Approach
Alexander Anievas and Cristian Gogu
14 Gender in Historical International Relations
15 Eurocentrism and Civilization
16 Disciplinary Histories of Non-Anglophone International Relations: Latin America and the Caribbean
Melody Fonseca Santos
17 Premodern Asia and International Relations Theory
Victoria Tin-Bor Hui
18 Race and Historical International Relations
Joanne Yao and Andrew Delatolla
19 Political Theology and Historical International Relations
20 Time and History in International Relations
Andrew R. Hom
Part III. Actors, Processes and Institutions
21 Sovereignty in Historical International Relations: Trajectories, Challenges, and Implications
Benjamin de Carvalho
22 State Formation and Historical International Relations
Benjamin de Carvalho and Halvard Leira
23 Nations and Nationalism in International Relations
24 States, People and Self-Determination in Historical Perspective
25 Borders and Boundaries: Making Visible What Divides
Kerry Goettlich and Jordan Branch
26 Reason of State: An Intellectual History
27 Balance of Power: A Key Concept in Historical Perspective
Morten Skumsrud Andersen and William C. Wohlforth
28 Diplomacy: The World of States and Beyond
29 Insurance, Trade and War
30 International Law and the Laws of War
31 International Organisations in Historical Perspective
Ellen J. Ravndal
32 Revolutions: Integrating the International
33 Imperialism: Beyond the ‘Re-turn to Empire’ in International Relations
34 Decolonization and the Erosion of the Imperial Idea
35 Understanding the Postcolonial Cold War
Part IV. Situating Historical IR
36 Ancient Greece: War, Peace and Diplomacy in Antiquity
Torbjørn L. Knutsen
37 Rome: Republic, Monarchy and Empire
Torbjørn L. Knutsen and Martin Hall
38 International Relations in/and the Middle Ages
Julia Costa Lopez
39 Early (Modern) Empires: The Political Ideology of Conceptual Domination
Mauro J. Caraccioli
40 Europe in Historical International Relations
Benjamin Herborth and Patrick Nitzschner
41 Africa and International History
42 International Order in East Asia
43 Linking up the Ottoman Empire with IR’s Timeline
44 Latin America: Between Liminality and Agency in Historical International Relations
Part V. Approaches
45 International Relations in the Archive: Uses of Sources and Historiography
46 History and Memory: Narratives, Micropolitics and Crises
Jelena Subotic and Brent J. Steele
47 How to Do the History of International Thought?
48 Global Histories: Connections and Circulations in Historical International Relations
Zeynep Gülsah Çapan, Filipe dos Reis and Maj Grasten
49 Historical Practices: Recovering a Durkheimian Tradition
50 Quantitative Approaches: Towards Comparative and Trans-Regional Approaches in Historical International Relations
Charles Butcher and Ryan D. Griffiths
51 Conceptual History in International Relations: from Ideology to Social Theory?
52 Historical Periods and the Act of Periodisation
Part VI. Afterword
Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach
Benjamin de Carvalho is a Senior Research Fellow at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo.
Julia Costa Lopez is a Senior Lecturer in History and Theory of International Relations at the University of Groningen.
Halvard Leira is a Research Professor at the Norwegian Institute of International Affairs (NUPI) in Oslo.
"This invaluable volume provides exhaustive coverage of all the main priority areas of historical International Relations. The editors are three of the leading lights in the field, and together with the contributors they incisively review and advance the state of the art on this important topic."
Jason Sharman, Sir Patrick Sheehy Professor of International Relations, University of Cambridge, UK.
"An epic achievement and a veritable tour de force, this book is not only a who’s who and a what’s what of historical IR that combines senior, and junior rising, stars but it is surely the go-to-compendium for this rising sub-discipline, all of which has been brilliantly brought together by three of its leading lights."
John M. Hobson, University of Sheffield, UK.
"This wide-ranging collection is an important archive of historical international relations, a compendium of the state of a promising subfield and a hopeful indication of intellectual rejuvenation in the wider discipline of International Relations."
Professor Patricia Owens, University of Oxford, UK.