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Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations

ISBN 9781032006697
Published January 9, 2023 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

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

Robert Denemark

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

Beate Jahn

7 Realism: Excavating a Historical Tradition 

Deborah Larson

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

Jens Bartelson

13 Capitalism and ‘the International’: A Historical Approach

Alexander Anievas and Cristian Gogu

14 Gender in Historical International Relations

Ann Towns

15 Eurocentrism and Civilization

Brett Bowden

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

William Bain

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

Jaakko Heiskanen

24 States, People and Self-Determination in Historical Perspective

Maja Spanu

25 Borders and Boundaries: Making Visible What Divides

Kerry Goettlich and Jordan Branch

26 Reason of State: An Intellectual History

Richard Devetak

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

Halvard Leira

29 Insurance, Trade and War

Luis Lobo-Guerrero

30 International Law and the Laws of War

Claire Vergerio

31 International Organisations in Historical Perspective

Ellen J. Ravndal

32 Revolutions: Integrating the International

George Lawson

33 Imperialism: Beyond the ‘Re-turn to Empire’ in International Relations

Martin Bayly

34 Decolonization and the Erosion of the Imperial Idea

Ted Svensson

35 Understanding the Postcolonial Cold War

Heonik Kwon

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

Joel Quirk

42 International Order in East Asia

Shogo Suzuki

43 Linking up the Ottoman Empire with IR’s Timeline

Ayşe Zarakol 

44 Latin America: Between Liminality and Agency in Historical International Relations

Carsten-Andreas Schulz

Part V. Approaches

45 International Relations in the Archive: Uses of Sources and Historiography

Jeppe Mulich 

46 History and Memory: Narratives, Micropolitics and Crises

Jelena Subotic and Brent J. Steele

47 How to Do the History of International Thought?

Tomas Wallenius 

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

Jorg Kustermans

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?

Oliver Kessler 

52 Historical Periods and the Act of Periodisation

Xavier Guillaume

Part VI. Afterword

53 Afterword

Yale H. Ferguson and Richard W. Mansbach

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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.