1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Historical International Relations

    622 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    622 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    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.

    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


    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.