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1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations

ISBN 9780815347644
Published June 29, 2021 by Routledge
622 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

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  Part I. Traditions  2 Theories and Philosophies of History in International Relations  3 The English School and Historical International Relations  4 World-Systems Analysis: Past Trajectories and Future Prospects  5 Historical Sociology in International Relations: The Challenge of the Global  6 Liberalism between Theory and Practice  7 Realism: Excavating a Historical Tradition  8 Constructivism: History and Systemic Change  9 Poststructuralism and the Challenge of History  10 International Political Thought and Historical International Relations  Part II. Thinking International Relations Historically  11 Disciplinary Traditions and Debates: The Subject Matters of International Thought  12 War and the Turn to History in International Relations  13 Capitalism and ‘the International’: A Historical Approach  14 Gender in Historical International Relations  15 Eurocentrism and Civilization  16 Disciplinary Histories of Non-Anglophone International Relations: Latin America and the Caribbean  17 Premodern Asia and International Relations Theory  18 Race and Historical International Relations  19 Political Theology and Historical International Relations  20 Time and History in International Relations  Part III. Actors, Processes and Institutions  21 Sovereignty in Historical International Relations: Trajectories, Challenges, and Implications  22 State Formation and Historical International Relations  23 Nations and Nationalism in International Relations  24 States, People and Self-Determination in Historical Perspective  25 Borders and Boundaries: Making Visible What Divides  26 Reason of State: An Intellectual History  27 Balance of Power: A Key Concept in Historical Perspective  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  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  37 Rome: Republic, Monarchy and Empire  38 International Relations in/and the Middle Ages  39 Early (Modern) Empires: The Political Ideology of Conceptual Domination  40 Europe in Historical International Relations  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  47 How to Do the History of International Thought?  48 Global Histories: Connections and Circulations in Historical International Relations  49 Historical Practices: Recovering a Durkheimian Tradition  50 Quantitative Approaches: Towards Comparative and Trans-Regional Approaches in Historical International Relations  51 Conceptual History in International Relations: from Ideology to Social Theory?  52 Historical Periods and the Act of Periodisation  Part VI. Afterword  53 Afterword

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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.